While Bulgarian and Greek tourists meet all their needs from needle to thread in Edirne due to the exchange rate difference, they also crowd pharmacies for their over-the-counter medicine and food supplement needs.
In the border city of Edirne, Bulgarian and Greek tourists, who come to meet many of their needs due to the exchange rate difference, constitute density in many sectors, especially in shopping malls. Citizens of neighboring countries have been preferring pharmacies in the city for their over-the-counter medicine and food supplement needs, especially recently.
Gürkan Kılıçcıgil, President of Edirne Chamber of Pharmacists, said that the intense demand of tourists for preventive medicines and supplements against colds is due to the quality and cheapness of the pharmaceutical industry in Turkey.
Stating that Bulgarian tourists have shown an increasing interest in Edirne, especially in the last 2-3 years, with the increase in the exchange rate, Kılıçcıgil said:
– We host many Bulgarian citizens, especially in Edirne, on weekends. In addition, Bulgarian citizens started to meet their needs regarding various health expenses from pharmacies in Edirne.
“THEY CAN BUY IT CHEAPER”
– The main reason for their applications to pharmacies is that the price of medicines is kept at a certain rate due to the solid foundations of the health policy in Turkey, however, some medicines remain relatively cheap and there is a very strong pharmaceutical industry in Turkey. We have a very serious production capacity here, especially in various medicines and food supplements. I
– The truth of the matter is that they can access both quality and cheap medicines in the healthcare system, which is not available in Bulgaria.
“THE DEMAND FOR FOOD SUPPLEMENTS IS TOO MUCH”
Explaining that the demand for vitamins and food supplements is intense, Kılıçcıgil said, “The demand for not only medicines, but also a very serious number of vitamins and food supplements, is many times higher than the demand for medicines. “Bulgarian citizens demand many food supplements, especially those used for simple colds and various supplements,” he said.
“IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS”
Reminding that a person coming from Bulgaria cannot buy medicine in Turkey with a prescription written in his own country, Kılıçcıgil said, “If the prescription was written in Bulgaria, it has no validity in Turkey. They must be prescribed after being examined by a Turkish doctor. “That’s why his prescription demands are definitely not met,” he said. (DHA)