Pharmacy retail is one of the most prosperous industries in Ukraine. In some meaning it duplicates medical care system. Due to most of drugs may be purchased here without a doctor’s prescription, majority of the locals prefer not to waste time in line at medical consultancy clinics and ask for a piece of advice at pharmacies directly.
In countries of the Former Soviet Union, Ukraine included, counterfeit or poor quality medicines are occasionally allowed to pass into smaller drug stores, so make sure that you buy your medicines from one that is part of a large chain. Prices may also vary significantly depending on a chain and a region.
Also be aware that some medicines are sold under different trademarks in Ukraine. Make sure you know the Ukrainian name of what you need before you go to buy it.
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