Sure, it can take an hour of red-tape procedures to return something to a store... Even within two weeks, with the sales receipt...
But you can pretty much walk into any pharmacy and just ask for antibiotics wihout a prescription. Even though you're legally supposed to have one.
Then you get home and you have to mix the suspensions yourself! THAT sure threw me for a loop when we first moved here! It's NOT always clear just how much water you're supposed to add... I shudder to think of how many kids don't get well because their clueless expat parents add too much water (the instructions are usually only in Russian, and NOT easy to dechiper)... Or how many kids get an overdose?
Here's a picture of Katya's latest Suprax, water added, before I shook it...
Our doctor had warned me that Katya could end up with Natalia's Strepp... I don't really think she has Strepp, but she's doing worse and she has green nasal discharge. Time for antibiotics. No need to head to the doctor... AGAIN.
Just walked into my local pharmacy... And voilà!