The visit to the pharmacy roleplay

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The Visit to the Pharmacy roleplay

Recommended for 9–12-year-olds.

This assignment is related to a topic for which you can find background information in the section "Are you using your medicine correctly?" of the "Basic information on medicine" page.

Learning goal

The goal of this assignment is to learn what kinds of things you should know about your medicine so that you can use the medicine correctly, and to learn how to find the information from the package leaflet. Another goal of this assignment is to encourage children to discuss their medicine in the pharmacy.

Progress of the assignment

Phase 1.

Consider together what kinds of questions you can and should ask about your medicine in the pharmacy. You can collect the questions on the blackboard or a transparency for phase two of the assignment.

Important questions include:

  • For what ailment is my medicine intended?
  • How does my medicine have an effect?
  • How much and how often should I take my medicine?
  • In what way should I take my medicine?
  • For how long should I take my medicine?
  • Can my medicine cause adverse reactions?
  • Who should I contact if I have problems?

Phase 2.

The teacher assumes the role of the pharmacist with the pupils playing customers. Secondary school pupils can also be pharmacists themselves. They will then find the answers to the questions from the sample package leaflets before the roleplaying game begins. During the assignment, the pharmacist delivers the medicine and the customer asks questions about it.


Prepared answers to the above-mentioned questions are available to the teacher for four sample medicines: Paingone, Sneezex, Acheaway, and Flugone.

Print out the answers for the sample medicines Paingone, Sneezex, Acheaway, and Flugone.

If you need further information, print out the sample package leaflets. (NB! The file contains six sample package leaflets)