Besides giving out medicines according to prescriptions, pharmacies also sell over-the-counter medicines, first-aid and medical supplies, lotions and creams. Most pharmacies belong to one of the four major chains, but there are some independent ones.
If your doctor needs to prescribe medicines to you, there is a system of e-prescriptions which is in place in Norway. All states in Norway will gradually change over to this new system.
Here is how the system works when at the doctor:
- When you are at the doctor and receive a prescription, you will be informed verbally about it.
- The doctor will make and send the prescription electronically to the central database (Reseptformidlaren) which all pharmacies have access too.
- There will be no way to receive a paper copy*. But you can request an overview form of all your current prescriptions for your personal records. (*exception: If you will be traveling to a Kommune that is not yet on the e-prescription program. )
Here is how the system works when at the pharmacy (apotek):
- Take a number and wait in the line.
- When it is your turn, say you have a prescription to collect and give your name and date of birth.
- You may be asked for an ID.
- The Pharmacist will collect your prescription.
- You can ask the Pharmacist to inform you of how many refills you have left.
You can access your prescriptions online on My Prescriptions.