Pharmacy vs. Drugstore

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::Twain::

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Hi there, could you please tell me the difference between a pharmacy & drugstore, if any?

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  • Myridon

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    English - US
    A pharmacy dispenses medicines which require a prescription. A drugstore has a pharmacy in it but also sells non-prescription medicines and usually a large number of other household items. A supermarket or grocery store may also contain a drugstore and/or a pharmacy.
     

    Parla

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    A pharmacy dispenses medicines which require a prescription. A drugstore has a pharmacy in it but also sells non-prescription medicines and usually a large number of other household items. A supermarket or grocery store may also contain a drugstore and/or a pharmacy.

    I agree, except that around here:

    (a) a drugstore may or may not include a pharmacy, although most do;

    (b) a grocery wouldn't include a pharmacy (although a very large supermarket might, as part of a drugstore section).
     
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