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Medication & Prescriptions

Medicine in Singapore is classified as prescription-only medication, pharmacy-only medication, or over-the-counter medication.

Overview

There are 3 classes of medicinein Singapore:

  1. prescription-only medication (POM): requires a prescription from a doctor
  2. pharmacy-only medication (P): may only be sold by qualified pharmacists
  3. general sales or over-the-counter medication (GSL)

Prescriptions for medications

To get a prescription for your medication, it’s easiest to go to a private or government medical clinic plus pharmacy. 

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