Russian tourists discovered “pharma shopping”. In the resorts of Turkey, our tourists are now massively buying up the “contents” of local pharmacies, since some medicines are twice as cheap as in Russia. This information was published by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
The publication assures that all Russian tourists, having settled in their hotels for a vacation, “first of all look for a nearby pharmacy.” The demand is so great that one after another new pharmacies are opening next to 5-star hotels in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions. The “trend” has been outlined since May last year, and this season medicines have become the “number one consumer product” at all, and have taken one of the first places among the souvenirs exported from Turkey to Russia.
“In pharmacies in Antalya, Belek, Alanya, Kemer, Marmaris and Bodrum, there is a high demand for Russian-speaking sellers. All those working in pharmacies know the Turkish counterparts of Russian medicines by heart,” the Turkish newspaper writes.
Painkillers, as well as antidepressants and diabetics, are in demand. In addition, the demand for contact lenses is also high. “Some of these products in Turkey are two to three times cheaper than in Russia,” the publication adds.
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