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in Australia or any countries?
My ex-boyfriend was a chemist. He certainly wasn't a pharmacist. Take bhaisahab's advice and check several dictionaries then come back to us if you are unclear about the definitions.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
In the US, you have your prescriptions (provided by a doctor) made up for you at the pharmacy. The pharmacist must be licensed (it's a very rigorous academic program) to provide the prescriptions. We do not use the word "chemist" for this.
In the US, chemist is someone who works with chemistry - in a lab, in a factory, etc. It is NOT related to prescription drugs.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
A pharmacist has a BPharm or MPharm (or Cert/Dip. Pharm - but these lower qualifications are being phased out). A pharmacist is very commonly called a chemist in Australia, and a pharmacy is a chemist's [shop].
"I need to go to the chemist's" and "I need to go to the pharmacy" mean the same thing in vernacular AusE.
Non-pharmaceutical chemists generally refer to themselves as "industrial chemists" or even more specific terms, like "polymer chemist".
Note that doing a Google search in Australia for "chemist" gives you lists pharmacies and pharmacists.
The Yellow Pages has caught up a little. Under "Chemist shops" it says "See Pharmacies".
PS: Chemist shops in Brisbane
Last edited by Raymott; 11-Aug-2013 at 19:36.
Sorry everyone. My title was meant to be 'pharmacy and chemist'.
In our larger chemist's chain stores such as Boots the pharmacy (department) is often not easy to find because the shops sell so many different products.