±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
±Compare Expat Providers
±Expat Focus Partners
±Latest Financial Articles
· How To Make The Most Of Your Retirement Abroad
· Expat Focus Financial Update September 2017
· 10 Things To Think About Before You Move Abroad In Your Middle Age
· Expat Focus Financial Update August 2017
· What Could Higher Interest Rates Mean For Your Overseas Property Purchase?
· Expat Focus Financial Update July 2017
· The Lifestyles And Cultures Of Great Expat Locations
· Understanding Exchange Rates for Your Overseas Property Purchase
· Interview With Duncan Khoury, Head of Marketing, World First Australia
Prescriptions and MedicationsBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
Dominican Republic - Prescriptions and Medications
Typically most people self prescribe and the vast majority of medicines can be bought over the counter. This will include strong pain killers, antibiotics, steroids, anti inflammatory and sleeping pills. The only drugs which require a prescription are narcotics such as morphine, although some pharmacies will also provide this without a prescription even though it is against the law. Also if you visit a doctor they will either issue you with the medicines in the surgery, or will write you a prescription.
It is not necessary to buy a whole packet of tablets. They are all sold singly. A typical antibiotic, or anti inflammatory or blood pressure pill will cost RD$ 5 (15 cents). All injectable medicines are also available, as are syringes. Most pharmacies will give discounts for cash as opposed to credit card payment, so it is always worth asking for that as they may ‘forget’ when they see a foreigner.
Pharmacy chains and locations
Government Pharmaceutical Department
This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.
Read more about this country
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.