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List of pharmacies

This article is a list of major pharmacies (also known as chemists and drugstores) by country.



Pharmacies in Australia are mostly independently-owned by pharmacists, often operated as franchises of retail brands offered by the three major pharmaceutical wholesalers in Australia — Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API), Sigma Company, and Symbion Health. A minority of pharmacies are owned by friendly societies, particularly in Victoria and South Australia.

API brands

  • API Health Care Pharmacy
  • Chemworld
  • Pharmacist Advice
  • Priceline Pharmacy
  • Soul Pattinson — formerly owned by Washington H. Soul Pattinson & Co. Ltd
  • Capital Chemists

Sigma brands

  • Amcal — formerly the Allied Master Chemists of Australia Limited
  • Amcal Max
  • Guardian

Symbion brands

  • Chemmart
  • Terry White

Friendly societies

  • National Pharmacies

Independent chains

  • Capital Chemist
  • Pharmacy 777
  • Pharmacy Help



70 % marketshare following three chains:

  • Farmacias Cruz Verde.largest retail pharmacy chain in Chile
  • FASAwith operations in Mexico and Perú. largest retail pharmacy chain in Latin America.


In Denmark, all pharmacies are owned by The Danish Pharmaceutical Association and controlled by the state. There are two pharmaceutically-trained groups in the Danish pharmacies: pharmaconomists and pharmacists.

Every single pharmacy in Denmark belongs to one of the following five chains:

  • A-apoteket
  • Apotekeren A.m.b.a.
  • Apotekernes A.m.b.a.
  • ditApotek A.m.b.a.
  • Pharma+


In France, pharmacies are all independently-owned by pharmacists. By law, a pharmacist can possess up to three pharmacies maximum. There are no pharmacy chains, and because pharmacists are strongly attached to the independence of their profession they are strongly opposed to the opening of the majority of pharmacy capital to non-pharmacists.

Hong Kong


  • MatsumotoKiyoshi


  • Guardian, largest retail pharmacy chain in Malaysia
  • Watsons

New Zealand

The majority of the above pharmacies are franchises. However, recent legislation has opened pharmacy ownership in New Zealand to individuals and companies other than pharmacists. New foreign groups are beginning to enter the market. The most established new group is Radius Pharmacy, part of the Radius Health Group. However, in order to retain their 'professionalism', pharmacists must still own a fraction of the store. Independent pharmacies are also common in New Zealand. New Zealand has active pharmacy guild and pharmaceutical society membership.



  • Mercury Drug
  • South Star Drug
  • Watsons


  • Guardian Health & Beauty
  • NTUC Healthcare Unity
  • Watsons


In Sweden, the state-owned Apoteket is the only pharmacy.

United Kingdom

Pharmacy-led chains

  • Alliance Boots — has over 2,500 stores:
  • Co-op Pharmacy — has more than 360 branches in the UK
  • Lloydspharmacy — owned by Celesio (until 2003 named GEHE), has over 1,600 pharmacies in the UK
  • Numark — chain of independent pharmacies with over 1,700 outlets in the UK
  • Superdrug — has over 225 in-store pharmacies in the UK

Supermarket chains

  • Asda — has more than 100 in-store pharmacies in the UK
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco

United States

Pharmacy chains

Pharmacies in other stores

Wal-Mart and Target feature pharmacies in nearly all of their stores.

In addition, in many areas supermarkets have pharmacies. Some of these include:

  • Publix
  • Kmart
  • Meijer
  • Giant Food of Landover, Maryland
  • Kroger
  • Safeway Inc.
  • Winn-Dixie


  • Farmatodo
  • Locatel
  • Farmahorro
  • Farmaofertas
  • Ecofarma
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