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Luxembourg pharmacies: how to buy medicine

Daria Saltykova
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Daria Saltykova
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02.11.23

You can only buy medicine from a pharmacy in Luxembourg. Compliance with this requirement is strictly monitored by the Ministry of Health. All pharmacies in the Grand Duchy are easy to recognize: they have a green cross and the word Pharmacie in French.

For minor problems, you can go directly to the pharmacist for help — they have the right to recommend ordinary medication and drugs to customers, for example, for insomnia or headaches.

Often, when dispensing over-the-counter medications such as supplements, vitamins, lenses, etc., pharmacists will check to see if the client has a doctor's prescription and will ask about the client's condition.

All pharmacists in the Grand Duchy are responsible for the health and safety of the patient, almost as much as the treating physician. This literally means that you cannot buy any prescription drugs without a doctor's written order.

Pharmacists can verify symptoms to prevent side effects or the progression of a disease. The pharmacist may consult your treating doctor by telephone if he or she decides to substitute one medication for another. If the patient suffers complications due to the medication being given, the pharmacist will be held responsible.

Normally the pharmacist will write the instruction on how to use medication right on the package and repeat it verbally. All pharmacists speak German, French, Luxembourgish, and English.

Pharmacy opening hours in Luxembourg

Pharmacies in the Grand Duchy normally work on the same schedule as all the stores.

Pharmacies are open during standard business hours: from 8-9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Usually, pharmacies are closed on Sundays, but it is possible to find 24-hour pharmacies in the Grand Duchy.

If you need medication beyond normal business hours, such as at night or on weekends, there are

Pharmacies open near me

If you are looking for a pharmacy open near you in Luxembourg, you will find several places to buy medication. See the table below with some addresses for a quick search around some popular communes. You can find a full list on the website.

Name of the Pharmacy Short Address Phone Number
Hesper Apdikt9, Rue Albert Bousser, L-5894 Alzingen(+352) 24 83 65 1
Pharmacie de Beaufort84 Grand-Rue, L-6310 Beaufort(+352) 26 87 66 60
Pharmacie de Bertrange10 Rue de Luxembourg, L-8077 Bertrange(+352) 31 64 46
Pharmacie du Bridel2 Rue de l'Ecole, L-8128 Bridel(+352) 33 93 73
Pharmacie du Reiserbann 2 Rue Edward Steichen, L-3324 Bivange (+352) 26 36 51 1
Pharmacie du Trèfle25-27 Rte d'Esch, 3230 Bettembourg(+352) 51 13 05
Pharmacie Schambourg145 Rue de Luxembourg, L-4940 Bascharage(+352) 50 77 73
Pharmacie Um Bechel22 Rue de Mondorf, L-3260 Bettembourg(+352) 52 62 57
Pharmacie de Capellen17 Rue du Kiem, L-8328 Capellen(+352) 30 03 57
Pharmacie de Colmar-berg35 Avenue Gordon Smith, L-7740 Colmar-Berg(+352) 26 88 51 76
Pharmacie de Contern2, Rue des Sports, L-5322 Contern(+352) 26 35 24 03
Pharmacie Arboria1, Place Marie-Paule Molitor Peffer, L-4549 Differdange(+352) 24 55 88 61
Pharmacie Gillain2 Rue du Commerce, 3450 Dudelange(+352) 51 15 40
Pharmacie de BelvalAvenue du Blues 9, L-4368 Esch-sur-Alzette(+352) 24 55 99 48

Purchasing prescription drugs at a pharmacy

If the medicine is prescribed by a doctor, the health insurance will reimburse all or part of the cost, depending on the category. That is the reason why in Luxembourg the vast majority of people if they have even a slight cold, go straight to the doctor to get a prescription and then to a pharmacy.

Prescriptions can be provided physically or online: there is a digital prescription service available in Luxembourg.

Duty pharmacies charge a commission fee for buying drugs (even prescribed ones) outside of regular business hours. This surcharge is usually 5-10 euros and is not reimbursed by health insurance.

Purchasing over-the-counter medications

When you buy over-the-counter medications, you pay the full cost.

Even a painkiller or cold medicine like aspirin or ibuprofen will cost much cheaper when prescribed.

Ordering medications in the online pharmacy

Following the French and Belgian neighbors, in 2014 Luxembourg began to sell pharmaceuticals online. But with a limitation of three packages of medication per person, that is, one user.

Most drugs in Luxembourg are of German, French and Belgian origin.

In Luxembourg, there are 4 pharmacies authorized to sell medicines online: Phamacie Gillain in Dudelange, Pharmacie in Steinfort, Pharmacie du Globe in Luxembourg City, and Pharmacie de Pétange.

Please note that even in these pharmacies, only non-prescription medicines can be sold online. The certification by the government only confirms that the medicine you buy online here comes from a legal source.

The average cost of pharmaceuticals

The prices are quite high, but the insurance covers the expenses. The Ministry of Health approves the listing of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and the cost of prescription medications is covered based on categories:

for severe and chronic diseases — 100% of the price;

for drugs in broad demand — acute respiratory infections treatment, painkillers — 40% of the price;

for other categories of medication — 80% of the price. Most of the time, you will get an 80% reimbursement since most of the drugs prescribed by doctors fall under this section.

Vitamins and contraceptives are not eligible for reimbursement. For a complete list of drugs and reimbursement percentages, visit the CNS website.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where to buy medicines in Luxembourg

Is it possible to buy prescription drugs without a prescription in a pharmacy in Luxembourg?

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