The Apollo Spectra Hospitals have in-house pharmacies at their premises throughout India. The following sections answer the common questions that you might have about our pharmacy.
Is There a Pharmacy at Apollo Spectra Hospitals?
There are in-house pharmacies in all the units of Apollo Spectra Hospitals at various locations across India. The pharmacy is open 24x7 and also on holidays.
According to the guidelines stated in the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945, we have a registered pharmacist to supervise our operations at each location and dispense medicines.
What Medicines Does the Hospital Pharmacy Stock?
The in-house pharmacy stocks every drug that our doctors are likely to prescribe to you or your loved ones. We stock all medicines, medical devices, and consumables that physicians from diagnostic specialties prescribe, such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Orthopedics and Spine
- General and Laparoscopic Surgery
- Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
- Pediatric Surgery
Who Can Buy from the Hospital Pharmacy?
Anyone who has a prescription from a physician can buy from our pharmacy.
You can buy medicines, medical devices, and consumables that have been prescribed to your loved one who is admitted to our hospital. You can buy from us if you are an outpatient at our hospital or are accompanying a loved one to one of our OPD facilities.
You can also buy medicines from us if you want to re-fill an earlier prescription issued while you or a loved one was admitted to our hospital or had availed of our OPD services.
Can I Buy Medicines from the Hospital Pharmacy If I Don’t Have a Prescription?
We do not sell medicines without a prescription other than OTC medicines.
The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 prohibits us from selling medicines without a prescription to prevent misuse or abuse of drugs.
We also do not re-fill prescriptions for certain classes of drugs if we believe that the prescription is outdated. This is for your safety because certain drugs like narcotics and psychotropic substances are habit-forming. At the same time, some potent antibiotics can harm you if you continue taking them for longer than the duration advised by your doctor. Your doctor is the best person to judge whether you should continue taking a particular medicine.
We also do not sell certain classes of medicines, such as anti-anxiety drugs that tend to induce sleep, over and above the quantity mentioned by your doctor in the prescription.
We advise you not to self-medicate.
Why Should I Buy from the Hospital Pharmacy?
You benefit in the following ways when you buy medicines from the hospital pharmacy:
- You will find every medicine prescribed by our doctors at our pharmacy. We work closely with our doctors to ensure that we stock every medicine they are likely to prescribe to their patients.
- You save time, money, and effort on prescription shopping. It is cumbersome and tiring to hunt for medicines all over the city. It is even more inconvenient when you have a child or an ailing loved one waiting on you, or you are not feeling fit or healthy enough to do a lengthy round of prescription shopping.
- You ensure prescription adherence. It is not uncommon for people to postpone buying (or worse, not buy at all) a drug if a pharmacy they have visited does not have the right medicine in stock. By stocking all the drugs that our doctors are likely to prescribe to their patients, we ensure you can fill your prescription in one place.
- You get genuine medicines. The dangers of taking counterfeit medicines or drugs with impurities cannot be stressed enough. We stock medicines only from licensed and reputable suppliers. We sell only genuine medicines that have passed rigorous quality control checks as laid down.
How Can I Pay for the Medicines?
You can pay at our pharmacy with cash, your debit or credit card, or via a UPI app. You will find the QR code for scanning prominently displayed at the cashier’s counter.
If you or a loved one is admitted to our hospital, the in-patient billing department can credit the costs of the medicines and supplies to the final bill that you have to pay at the time of discharge. We deliver the medicines prescribed by the doctors or the supplies required by the nursing staff as and when they request us, so you don’t have to make the rounds of the pharmacy or pay every time an injection, a pill, or a roll of cotton is ordered.