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A shop where a pharmacist sells medications
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A shop where a pharmacist sells medications. Such shops also called drugstores, especially in the United States.

Typically sale of medications is regulated by the government, and pharmacists are typically licensed by the government. Stores that sell other items typically found in pharmacies such as personal care items, but that do not sell regulated medications, should be not be tagged as amenity=pharmacy, but instead perhaps as shop=chemist.

Tag dispensing

In jurisdictions where there is a class of drugs that can be sold by pharmacists without a doctor's prescription, pharmacies that sell those drugs but do not fill prescriptions should be tagged "dispensing=no". Pharmacies that fill prescriptions should be tagged "dispensing=yes".

dispensing=no - A pharmacy with a pharmacist that does not fill prescriptions, but does sell pharmacist-only drugs (e.g., pseudoephedrine in the US).
dispensing=yes - A pharmacy with a dispensing pharmacist able to sell prescription drugs as well as over the counter drugs.

The default value is country specific.

In the following countries pharmacies does not fill prescriptions (tag "dispensing" is not needed to fill in): Finland, ...


Optional tags

The following tags are optional but preferred to fill in

  • name=* - the name of the pharmacy
  • operator=* - fill if the pharmacy is part of a sales chain
  • website=* - the homepage of the pharmacy
  • drive_through=yes - pharmacy offers drive thru service

Similar Tags

shop=chemist for a shop selling articles of personal hygiene, cosmetics, and household cleaning products.

See also

Common Tagging Mistakes

shop=pharmacy - If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag. You must not do automated edits!