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.”


Techyo=Pocket Notebook

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


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.”)