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There are two types of medication: freely available drugs and medical prescription only medicines, which require a prescription from a doctor. The prescription is given to the pharmacy by the patient and the pharmacist delivers the medicines.

Law in Germany is very rigid when it comes to prescriptions. Many medicines that you may buy without medical prescriptions in your own country, such as antibiotics, must be prescribed by a doctor in Germany. However, some painkillers, such as headache tablets, are available at pharmacies without a prescription.

With state health insurance, most of the cost for medical prescription is paid directly by your insurance company though you still have to pay a small symbolic amount for each drug, relative to its cost. If your gross monthly income is below a certain level you may be exempted from paying additional charges for prescriptions.

Irrespective of your insurance scheme, you will always need to pay the whole cost for non-prescription drugs. Medicines in Germany are among the most expensive in Europe, so bring a supply of non-prescription painkillers, cold remedies and other items with you.

Opening hours of pharmacies are similar to other shops: Weekdays 09:00 to 18:30, Saturdays 09:00 to 13:00 (sometimes -16.00). For emergencies, there is always at least one pharmacy open in every area day and night.

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