How to Find a Pharmacist

In Belgium pharmacies are responsible for dispensing, or if necessary preparing, (doctor prescribed) medication to patients. The sale of medication, even over-the-counter medication, is prohibited outside the pharmacy. At most, stores can offer some para-pharmacy, such as plasters/band-aids, skin ointments, disinfectants, etc.

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12 January 2024

Finding a pharmacist

To find a list of all the pharmacies in your neighborhood, go to (Dutch and French only) and choose ‘vind een apotheek’ on the homepage. You can visit any pharmacy that is convenient for you to pick up whatever you have a prescription for. At the pharmacy they also sell things you might not need a prescription for (such as sports braces, sunscreen, dental products, etc.).

Outside the office hours you can find the pharmacy on call via or call 0903 99 000 (EUR 1.50/min) or call 1733 in case of urgent medical assistance.

Present the prescription from your doctor together with your eID to the pharmacist to receive your medications.

  • If you have an EHIC-card, pay for the totality of the medication, get your prescription stamped by the pharmacist, ask for a receipt and submit all these documents to your health insurance fund.
  • If you have a Belgian health insurance fund, you only pay your personal share at the pharmacy. The reimbursed part is already be deducted from the total amount (your pharmacist will settle the remaining amount directly with the health insurer). Don't hesitate to ask your pharmacist if you have questions.

Good to knows

  • Pharmacies can be recognized by the green neon cross outside their building.
  • Opening hours are usually office hours from Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings.
  • Non-prescription medication is not refunded, but the majority of doctor prescribed medication is, either entirely or partially (some only up to 20%).

Helpful Dutch vocabulary

  • apotheek = pharmacy
  • apotheker= pharmacist
  • medicatie = medication
  • voorschrift = prescription

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This page was last updated on: 14 March 2024