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Cuba – Prescriptions and Medications

Cuba is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. The country has a nationalized healthcare system that provides universal coverage to its citizens. In this article, we will explore the pharmacy system in Cuba and how to obtain medications.

Pharmacies in Cuba

Pharmacies in Cuba are called “farmacias” in Spanish, and they are easily recognizable by their green cross sign outside the store. These pharmacies are usually located in the city centers or near hospitals and clinics. In Cuba, medications are available only at pharmacies and are not sold in supermarkets or other retail stores.

Pharmacy Opening Times in Cuba

Most pharmacies in Cuba are open from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Some pharmacies in major cities may have extended hours or may be open 24/7. However, it is always advisable to check the pharmacy’s opening hours in advance.

Obtaining Medications in Cuba

In Cuba, many medications that require a prescription in other countries can be obtained without a prescription. However, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking any medication.

Medications Over the Counter

Over-the-counter medications such as painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold and flu medications, and antihistamines are available without a prescription in Cuba. These medications can be purchased from the pharmacy by simply asking the pharmacist for the desired medication.


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Prescription Medications

Prescription medications in Cuba are obtained by presenting a doctor’s prescription at the pharmacy. Cuban doctors usually prescribe medications at the time of consultation, and patients can purchase them immediately from the pharmacy.

If a person has a prescription from a doctor outside of Cuba, they will need to present it at the pharmacy to obtain the medication. However, there is no guarantee that the medication will be available in the pharmacy.

Medications Unavailable in Cuba

Some medications that are commonly available in other countries may not be available in Cuba due to import restrictions. In such cases, it may be necessary to import the medication from another country or to seek alternative treatment options.

Payment for Medications in Cuba

The cost of medications in Cuba is usually lower than in other countries. Payment for medications can be made in cash, by credit card or debit card, or through the use of a Cuban health card. Cuban nationals can use their health card to obtain medications free of charge, while non-nationals must pay for their medications.

Pharmacies in Cuba provide medications to its citizens and visitors alike. While many medications are available without a prescription, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking any medication. Payment for medications can be made in cash, by credit card or debit card, or through the use of a Cuban health card.


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