Pharmacies serve an important public-health role, but also carry certain risks. Pharmacists may provide drugs on the basis of symptoms that they don’t completely comprehend, especially if there’s a language barrier; while the cumulative societal impact may be positive, individual recommendations may be erroneous.
Many medications available by prescription only in North America or Europe may be sold over the counter in Argentine pharmacies. Travelers should be cautious about self-medication even when such drugs are available; check expiration dates, as out-of-date drugs sometimes remain on the shelf.
In large cities and even some smaller towns, pharmacies remain open all night for emergency prescription service on a rotating basis. The farmacia de turno and its address will usually be posted in the windows of other pharmacies, or advertised in the newspaper.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition