Many medicines that are restricted in Western countries are available over the counter in Vietnam without prescription. While this can be an advantage if you know exactly what you need, it can also lead to self-diagnosis and self-medication which can backfire with extremely serious consequences. There is also a risk of unknowingly buying counterfeit or expired medicines.

All travellers are recommended to shop for medicines only at respected pharmacies such as Pharmacity. Well-reputed local chains include My Chau, Minh Chau, and Long Chau. Be aware that brands that are common overseas may not be sold here, although functionally and chemically identical products may be available. Local versions of any particular drug can vary in composition, with some medicines only available in reduced strengths.

Family Medical Practice runs its own in-house pharmacies for medicines prescribed by our doctors.