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Living in Kuwait


All areas have pharmacies. Some of the smaller pharmacies do not stock a full range of medicines. But in each major area --- Kuwait City, Hawalli & Nugra, Salmiya & Rumaithiya, Fahaheel & Ahmadi, Kheitan & Farwaniyah --- at least one major pharmacy stays open all night. These late night openings are rotated, and the particular pharmacy, its opening night and telephone number are shown daily in the newspapers.

Requirements for prescriptions are no less stringent than in Europe and North America. Many items freely available in Europe and the USA require a prescription in Kuwait, and indeed tranquilizers may only be prescribed by consultants with a special prescription. The prices of all medicines are fixed by the MoH and all pharmacies must, by law, charge the same prices.