In the Netherlands, you register at your local pharmacy (apotheek) and get all your medicine there. This way, the pharmacy is always aware of the medicine you take and makes sure you don’t get conflicting medication. Of course, it is possible to pick up medication at another pharmacy if e.g. you are in another part of the country and need the medication urgently. Make sure you can provide your health insurance and contact details.

If you get a prescription from your GP or doctor, it is usually sent automatically to your pharmacy. All you need to do is pick up the medicine at your pharmacy when it’s ready.

If you regularly take medicine and have a repeat prescription from your county of origin, it might be worth considering registering this prescription at the pharmacy after moving to the Netherlands. The easiest way to do this is to register with a GP (huisarts) and get a prescription for the Netherlands.

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