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    What over the counter medicines and antibiotics can you get in Tenerife?

    Hi all, my first thread on this forum. May I ask what sort of medicines can you buy over the counter in pharmacies in Tenerife? In particular must penicillin be prescribed by a doctor or perhaps a dentist?

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    There is a clamp down on selling Anti-biotics in Tenerife although there are one or two pharmarcias that still do sell prescription drugs over the counter but you canīt rely on that. There are English GPīs who will be able to give you a prescription but obviously you have to pay for that appointment as well as for your prescription at the Chemist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suej View Post
    There is a clamp down on selling Anti-biotics in Tenerife although there are one or two pharmarcias that still do sell prescription drugs over the counter but you canīt rely on that. There are English GPīs who will be able to give you a prescription but obviously you have to pay for that appointment as well as for your prescription at the Chemist.
    Do you if there any reciprocals for pensioners on holiday from the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goforgold View Post
    Do you if there any reciprocals for pensioners on holiday from the UK?
    You would have to bring your prescription meds with you or pay to see a Doctor to get your prescription for your medication...remember that some drugs are not available here so that can create a problem!

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    Just remembered when OH was ill we went to the health centre in Los Cris and the visit to the doctor and injection he gave him were free but we had to pay for the prescriptions at the chemist. We had that EU card thingy though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goforgold View Post
    Just remembered when OH was ill we went to the health centre in Los Cris and the visit to the doctor and injection he gave him were free but we had to pay for the prescriptions at the chemist. We had that EU card thingy though.
    recently on holiday my wife saw a doctor using the EHIC card, the Doctor gave a prescription for which we paid 40% of the cost at the Farmacia, my wife is a pensioner and should have received the prescription free the Doctor gave her the wrong colour prescription, Green you pay, Red/Brown is for pensioners and qualifies for free medication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeggy View Post
    recently on holiday my wife saw a doctor using the EHIC card, the Doctor gave a prescription for which we paid 40% of the cost at the Farmacia, my wife is a pensioner and should have received the prescription free the Doctor gave her the wrong colour prescription, Green you pay, Red/Brown is for pensioners and qualifies for free medication.
    I stand corrected Skeggy! I am not a pensioner but thought the same rules applied! so sorry to OP if I have given the wrong info! I was told that the EHIC was for emergencies only!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeggy View Post
    recently on holiday my wife saw a doctor using the EHIC card, the Doctor gave a prescription for which we paid 40% of the cost at the Farmacia, my wife is a pensioner and should have received the prescription free the Doctor gave her the wrong colour prescription, Green you pay, Red/Brown is for pensioners and qualifies for free medication.
    But did you tell the doctor she was a pensioner?!

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    And is Spain and the UK in the same ages for female pensionistas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeggy View Post
    recently on holiday my wife saw a doctor using the EHIC card, the Doctor gave a prescription for which we paid 40% of the cost at the Farmacia, my wife is a pensioner and should have received the prescription free the Doctor gave her the wrong colour prescription, Green you pay, Red/Brown is for pensioners and qualifies for free medication.
    How would I know if I we paid 40% of the cost at the Farmacia Skeggy? I just handed it over without looking at it. Is that 40% for anyone using an EHIC card?

    Quote Originally Posted by Suej View Post
    I stand corrected Skeggy! I am not a pensioner but thought the same rules applied! so sorry to OP if I have given the wrong info! I was told that the EHIC was for emergencies only!
    The OP is probably a whippersnapper like Andy2010 !!
    Last edited by Goforgold; 05-01-2012 at 18:20.

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