In Japan, you get your prescription written by a doctor and it is filled at a pharmacy, just like in the United States.  However, in addition to prescription one has a booklet in which all medicines are recorded by the pharmacist.  It’s called a “Kusuri Techyo.”

Kusuri=Medicine

Techyo=Pocket Notebook

That way the pharmacist can always see what medicines you have already been prescribed and make sure none of them clash.

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At my local pharmacist, I took a photo of this sign.

On the left you can see the “Shohousen”  (prescription) holding hands with the “Okusuritechyo” (Medicine Booklet).  They are saying:  “Issyo ni dashite ne.”  (“Hand us in together.”)