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Why Kenyans would rather go to a pharmacy

Friday March 11 2011

I read last Saturday’s Nation’s story on Self Medication.

Having been used to the UK system, I was surprised that you could purchase prescription drugs over the counter in Kenya without a prescription.

That was until recently when I was hospitalised for 12 days.

On discharge, I was handed a Sh859,726 bill, which included Sh553,831 for drugs and surgical.

Amongst the items charged for were an identity bracelet, needles and syringes, five boxes of surgical gloves and a daily charge for using the hospital pharmacy of Sh375.

A chemist told me I would have saved nearly 40 percent on the open market.

Having experienced the above it is no wonder that Kenyans trust their pharmacists more than their doctors.