In India, pharmacies are normally referred to as chemists, and stock not only medicine, but also basic toiletries, supplements, and contact lens cleaning solution.General medicines in India are among the cheapest in the world. Over The Counter (OTC) drugs can be bought without a prescription. Many pharmacists will sell you prescription medicine without a prescription, although they may be strict about certain medicines (namely sleeping pills, barbiturates, and codeine). You will also be able to use a prescription from the doctor in your home country, as long as it’s in English. However, some drugs are sold under different names in India, so it’s a good idea to known the name of the chemical (or “salt” as it’s referred to in India) and not just the brand name.
Indian pharmacists can also advise on medical situations, and are quick to dispense pills, especially antibiotics. Never take antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription–ask for simple, OTC drugs to treat symptoms until you can make it to a doctor.
To meet urgent situations, many of the chemists remain open 24 hours. The following are a few of Delhi’s reliable pharmacies, including those open for 24-hours, and lab facilities.
- Apollo Pharmacy has outlets across Delhi and is open 24-hours – http://www.apollopharmacy.in [Phone: 41626200]
- Aashirwad Chemists (Greater Kailash II) [Phone: 29217916)
- Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre Mehrauli Badarpur Road [Phone: 26056148, 26056153]
- Global Healthline (Kailash Colony Extn.) [Phone: 41111900] is a full service pharmacy, which stocks a large range of FMCG, prescription medicines and OTC products. http://www.globalhealthline.com
- The All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) [Phone: 26588500, 26588700] at the corner of Aurobindo Marg and Inner Ring Road has a 24 hour pharmacy. http://www.aiims.edu
- Chemico Chemist & Druggists (Connaught Place) [Phone: 23321874]
- Kailash Hospital & Research Centre Noida [Phone: 2444444, 2440444] is the largest hospital in NCR region and has a 24 hour chemist shop within the hospital
For a detailed list of 24 hour pharmacies and to locate one closest to your residence, visit this link: http://delhi.clickindia.com/business/shops/24hrchemists.html