FAQ: Social Pharmacies

How do pharmacies in Greece work? 

If you have an electronic prescription from the doctor, you can get your medications subsidized for a small fee. If the doctor gives you a handwritten prescription, these medications are not subsidized and you will have to pay for the medication at full market price.

Can I buy antibiotics at the pharmacy?

The Greek Ministry of Health recently changed the rules, and you now need a prescription for antibiotics like any other medicine. The prescription should be electronic and will state the name of the drug as well as the dosage for the specific illness. In exceptional cases when it is not possible to issue an electronic prescription, the handwritten prescription must contain all the details of the electronic one and name the illness.

What is a social pharmacy?

A social pharmacy is a pharmacy that mainly serves those that cannot afford to pay for their medications at regular pharmacies. Greece is home to many different social pharmacies; find which one has your medication by clicking this link: https://givmed.org/med-for-u/auth/lang

What is GiveMed?

GiveMed is an online platform where you can search social pharmacies to see which ones have the medication you are looking for in stock. You can also donate your unused medications to GiveMed, and they will ensure that social pharmacies will receive them.

Do I still need a prescription for a social pharmacy?

Yes, in most cases you do if the medication is prescription only. Most social pharmacies only accept electronic prescriptions (and proof of identity).