Buying Tamiflu at Boots

I was at Boots yesterday and asked for Tamiflu. The pharmacist had NO IDEA what I was asking for. It wasn’t the language only. When I tried to explain (in english) it was to treat bird flu I could tell she had stopped listening. Stupidly but not very uncommon,  I couldn’t remember the thai name for it.. arrrgggh. In thai the words fever and chicken and egg all sound pretty similar and I  know Thai well enough that  instead of  getting the tone wrong it’s better to shut up!
But Tamiflu is the same word in english and thai. So she looked it up and said that I need a doctors prescription for it. For ALL anti-viral pills she said. I smiled and said thank-you very much, payed and left.
At least I know that Boots MIGHT order it.. very helpful !!!!

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6 Responses to Buying Tamiflu at Boots

  1. lyle says:

    let’s hope boots get savvy, and fast…i doubt bird flu is going to just drift away this time.

  2. christina says:

    Gosh, that’s scary that they didn’t immediately know what you were talking about. You’d think they’d want to be prepared. I’m not even sure how it works here – I’ve been meaning to ask at the pharmacy if you need a prescription first or if you just buy the stuff and then make and appt with the doctor.

    Here they use Tamiflu for people who are already displaying flu symptoms. The flu shots you can get (which won’t be availabe here until November) are something different. Is Tamiflu used in Thailand as a preventative measure?

  3. Lillian says:

    Christine, Tamiflu gets used here for people who have the symptoms. I’m actually quite pleased that they insist on a doctors prescription. Antibiotics and most other medication doesn’t need a prescription.

  4. Bronwyn Ure says:

    Hi I’m Lyle’s friend Bronwyn (also a blogger!) I bought Tamiflu at Samitivej- if you go in the front and mention ‘the word’ they will immediately refer you to a doctor who can prescribe it and explain the dosage (they will prescribe for the whole family). It is the only place I know of where you can buy it here. Let me know if you need more info. Bron

  5. Lillian says:

    thanx for the info bronny !

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