American pharmacies are like convenience stores The fundamental difference between US and UK pharmacies is that in the United States these establishments are disguised as convenience stores where you can get everyday essentials like as cat food, cockroach traps and the new scent of Christina Aguilera , 24 hours a day. In Britain, on the other hand, the pharmacy remains a place you don't want to visit often because if you are there it is to pick up a prescription.
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Indeed, a drug store with a counter, like in a bar, at which you could sit, eat ice cream, and drink Coca-Cola - sung by Ilf and Petrov, and shown in detail in the movie "Back to the Future" in the 1950s - was once very common, but now it has become so rare that the few remaining have become tourist attractions.
Why: and also why they sell or do not sell all other goods in American stores: for profit!
More details: in the United States, drugs are much more strictly regulated than in Russia and most other countries. Many categories of drugs, by law, are sold by prescription, for example, all antibiotics, hormonal contraceptives, almost all sleeping pills, sedatives, pain relievers ... And, by law, you can buy them only from a licensed pharmacist, in pharmacy. In the 21st century, large stores like Walmart, Target, Costco almost always contain a pharmacy section, a section that sells drugs that don't need a prescription (all kinds of aspirins ...) and other medical products (like hydrogen peroxide). And the same store sells cosmetics, shampoo, and clothing, and some food, and electronics, and many other categories. Many Americans like to do all kinds of purchases, including medicines, in one big store at once. (By the way, such stores usually have fast food like Subway, but the center of social life, as Ilf and Petrov described, cannot be called them :)
Many also order medicines (like many other goods) on the Internet , with home delivery.
And the format is a small drug store - i.e. pharmacy plus, in the main, goods related to medicine, becomes, little by little, an anachronism, just like a small store selling only dairy products, or only bread. They haven't disappeared yet - there are big networks like Walgreens, CVS, and many small ones, but it's clear their age is numbered. :( but so far they are all experimenting. There are almost no stands where you can sit and drink Coca-Cola and ice cream, because this area can be used more profitably. But sometimes you can find it in the drug store:
Why earlier? And now they are selling. And much more, like cigarettes or disposable raincoats. A pharmacy is a mini market. Very convenient by the way.
Ilf and Petrov write a lot about this in their "One-Storey America"! For example:
"We stopped in a small town and had lunch at a pharmacy.
is a small American city and what kind of pharmacy it is in which you can dine. This story can be called: "Pharmacist without mysticism, or the Secret of the American pharmacy."
When large American businessmen in pursuit of profit turned their attention on the pharmacy, they were first of all interested in what the pharmacists are doing behind their partitions.
What are they there, frowning their faces importantly, rubbing them with pistils in their thick faience cups? Fifty, one hundred, well, one hundred and twenty, finally! One hundred and twenty antipyretic, aphrodisiac or analgesic drugs! Why make them handicraft in pharmacies? They have to be produced on a mass scale in factories.
Because drugs have become making staying in factories, the patient did not feel any better - medicines did not fall in price. But pharmacists lost their earnings. He was intercepted by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
To increase their income, the fooled pharmacists began to sell ice cream, refreshing waters, small haberdashery, toys, cigarettes, kitchen utensils - in a word, they went all out.
And the current American drugstore is a large bar with a high bar and swiveling piano stools in front of it. Behind the counter, red-haired guys in white garrison caps shifted to one side or flirty,
girls curled for several years ahead, look like another movie star that has just come into fashion. Sometimes they look like Kay Francis, sometimes like Greta Garbo, before they all looked like Gloria Swanson. The girls knock down the cream, send noisy jets of seltzer water from nickel-plated taps, fry chickens and throw ice pieces into glasses with a clatter.
But although the pharmacy has long since turned into a snack bar, its owner must nevertheless be a pharmacist , to have, in some way, scientific baggage, which is imperative when serving coffee, ice cream, toasted bread and other pharmacy products.
In the farthest corner of the merry institution is a glass cabinet with jars, boxes and bottles. You need to be in the pharmacy for half an hour to finally notice this cabinet. Medicines are stored there. "
As far as I know, after some operations, for example, such as removing adenoids, doctors recommend eating ice cream. it has a vasoconstrictor effect.
I live in Canada. In pharmacies, they sell not only ice cream, but also soda, all kinds of snacks, milk and even frozen dinners. And cosmetics, shelves with cosmetics occupy probably 50 percent of the area of the pharmacy. Why? Why not? A person came from a doctor with a prescription, he needs to keep himself busy while the pharmacist prepares all this (here this process takes a little more time, because your prescription is registered in the system, they write down the number of refills you are entitled to and the tablets are not given right in the box , and put in a special jar exactly as much as needed). And the pharmacy is profitable, and the patient is not bored. Profit.
by the way, I saw a pharmacy in Moscow with a refrigerator with ice cream, it says that it is natural.
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It is not really related to medicine. It's just that at the beginning of the 20th century, the pharmacy was something of a social center, where people came, for example, to eat ice cream or sweets, drink soda with family or friends. By the way, there was also a grill in the pharmacy.
Later, pharmacies began to compete with cafes. By the middle of the century, they greatly expanded the range, and began to compete with department stores. Nowadays, a pharmacy is usually located in the back of a store building, and the entire front is occupied by non-core products, such as household chemicals, hygiene products, dishes, etc.