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weasleyfan in hp_britglish

University and career path - is anyone still here?

Hello? I hope someone still looks at this community now and then. The first page, at least, is full of spam. :( I need some Brit-picking help! I'm a nurse in the U.S. and like to incorporate medical type stuff into my fanfic as much as I'm able.

I'm working on a fanfic in which Severus has always kept one foot in the Muggle world, so to speak. He went to (where?) University - funded by his D.E. ties, the financial incentive and admissions-qualifications help for which was the final promise that seduced him to their side. Snape is, at the time of my story, a fully licensed and capable pharmacist is the word we use in the U.S.

Here in the U.S., the pharmacists have as much or sometimes more schooling than medical doctors, and they're the ones who are employed in research and development of new medications and/or the compounding and dispensing of existing ones. There is a bit of a professional rivalry between Pharmacists and Doctors, here at least, because Pharmacists are supposed to double-check doseages and things, laboratory interactions with folks with kidney failure, on blood thinners, etc., etc., and catch/correct physician errors before they occur. Physicians, being the somewhat narcissistic people they can often be, don't much like being corrected, and so there is some friction there.

What is a pharmacist called in the U.K.? Chemist? Druggist? If Snape works for a pharmacy where people go to buy their medicine, is it the Chemists? Where would be a fairly prestigous/difficult to get into University where he could have obtained this degree? Is it a PhD there? How many years, roughly would he have gone to school to obtain this degree?

What are some common, over-the-counter medications that an ordinary British Muggle might keep in the house? Here, we have things like tylenol/acetaminophen (a pain reliever/fever-reducer that is not an anti-inflammatory), ibuprofen/Advil (pain-reliever/fever-reducer that is an anti-inflammatory), various cold remedies like NyQuil, Benadryl (useful for seasonal allergies or intermittent allergies like sniffles/sneezing from exposure to cats if one is allergic), etc.

Any information you have time/interest to provide to me would be most welcome! Thank you!!


I keep the Neurofen that is Ibuprofen & codeine on hand if I can, it's sold OTC and isn't a bother to get. I don't get very bad pain often, but paracetamol doesn't work very well on me :(

Sudafed make both the sort that works and the sort that doesn't. A pharmacist would know you wanted psuedoephedrine, and it is sold OTC here. You might buy a generic, but you might call it Sudafed anyway.

The other OTC thing I'm forever buying is Canestan, which is for Thrush. But I don't keep it on hand.

(buy all these together for extra odd looks, but as a rich white 30-something woman I've never been refused them; I don't know if someone who looked unlike me would be told "we can't sell you that")
When I was having IVF, I realised I'd forgotten to bring a hypodermic syringe with me and had to buy one in the Boots in Glasgow Central station. They sold me one without hesitation and I don't think I've ever been so aware of my race and class privilege.