Healthcare in Moscow

Medicines, Hospitals in Moscow

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The first Russian pharmacies were established by Ivan the Terrible in 1581. The Pharmaceutical Department controlled pharmacies actions as well as the basic development and distribution of drugs. Ferreyn's Pharmacy was opened in Moscow and still operates today. Pharmacies have come a long was and about 700 state-run and private pharmacies exist in Moscow. High quality drugs and hygiene products are now available as well as feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and condoms. To find a pharmacy, look for the large green crosses and the word APTEKA.

There are several 24-hour pharmacies:

36,6 Pharmacies

  • Tverskaya Ulitsa, 25 (Tverskaya area, metro Mayakovskaya (green), walk to the center in 4 mins)
  • Zemlyanoi Val, 25 (east center, metro Kurskaya)
  • Novy Arbat, 15 (Arbat area, west center, metro Arbatskaya (blue) or Smolenskaya)
    Phone: 797-6366

A few other 24-hour pharmacies are at the beginning of Novy Arbat street (metro Arbatskaya) and the one at the beginning of Nikolskaya street (Kitai Gorod or Kremlin area, metro Lubyanka (red) or Ploshchad Revolutsii (blue).

To find a pharmacy in your area, check out:


American Medical Center
Telephone: 933 7700
Grokholsky per 1
Offers 24-hour emergency service, consultations and a full range of specialists, including paediatricians and dentists. It has an onsite pharmacy with English-speaking staff.

Botkin Hospital
Telephone: 237 8338 or 945 7533 2-y Botkinsky proezd 5, North of the Center
The best Russian facility.

European Medical Center
Telephone: 933 6655
Spirodonovsky per 5
Includes medical and dental facilities, which are open around the clock for emergencies. The staff speaks 10 different languages.

A guide to physicians, clinics, hospitals and emergency services can be found on most consular websites.

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Update 10/07/2009


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