Pharmacies and Prescriptions


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.

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Ditt Apotek

Vitus Apotek


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.