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Visitors and residents of Ukraine are often amazed at how easy it is to buy medication in pharmacies and to self-prescribe. In contrast to this situation, Ukrainian visitors to some parts of Europe are surprised by the difficulties in obtaining simple remedies without seeing a doctor and obtaining a prescription.
The differences don’t stop there, however. Ukraine’s big cities also offer a choice of specialist pharmacies, for orthodox and psychotropic medicines, for hormonal preparations and also homeopathic and herbal remedies.

Indeed, many pharmacies offer a complete range of products.

Keeping a pharmacy at home is, of course, the answer to many problems and next time you are alone in a Ukrainian kitchen a quick view of the cupboards will show that pride of place is given to the medicine store.

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