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I've been studying English for many years, but still struggling with learning the usage of English articles. Below is one example.

From a news article I read on this site.

How some drugs can turn into a cancer-causing chemical in the body
By C Michael White, University of Connecticut

NEW YORK - When consumers get a prescription drug from the pharmacy, they assume that it’s been tested and is safe to use. But what if a drug changes in harmful ways as it sits on the shelf or in the body?

I thought of the following 4 possibilities in terms of articles combined with countable or uncountable noun form of "pharmacy".

  1. When consumers get a prescription drug from the pharmacy, they assume that
  2. When consumers get a prescription drug from a pharmacy, they assume that
  3. When consumers get a prescription drug from pharmacies, they assume that
  4. When consumers get a prescription drug from pharmacy, they assume that

Could you explain why No.1 is supposed to be appropriate in the context? Is there anything wrong with the rest three?

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    I suppose the definite article implies 'their local pharmacy'. (2) works equally well. (3) would only work if the plural prescription drugs was used. (4) doesn't work at all. – Kate Bunting Feb 8 at 9:22

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