|Kanji in this term|
|やく > やっ
- drugstore (no prescription required: over-the-counter medicines only)
- pharmacy (prescription required)
The term 薬局 can be ambiguous as to whether a doctor's prescription is required, much as the English term drugstore. When referring specifically to a store from which prescription medicines are bought, use the term 調剤薬局 (chōzai yakkyoku).