I keep my vitamins and the one prescription drug I take each day in the kitchen of my house. Three trips in the last year, including my current trip, I have forgotten them.
One time I was only gone for a few days and just skipped the pills. Another time, I was gone longer and had to find a doctor in Germany to write me a prescription so I could get what I needed from the pharmacy.
When I discovered I left my pills at home for this trip, I thought I’d be back on Thursday and get by without them. But with the trip extended another week, I needed a solution.
Hamad International Airport in Doha has medical facilities and a pharmacy. I figured I’d take care of the problem there during my layover. Before going to the medical clinic, I visited the pharmacy and asked if they had my pills.
Turns out a visit to the doctor’s office was not even necessary. Not only were they in stock, but the pharmacist just handed me a box of them. I paid with credit card and was on my way. The pills were even cheaper than in the USA or Germany!
We don’t have any pharmacists in our family, so I don’t know how/why some drugs are over-the-counter in some countries and prescription-only in others. While I know that prescription drugs are regulated differently in different countries, I was (pleasantly) surprised at how easy it was to solve my issue in Doha.