Online pharmacies are getting popular these days. Customers consider this to be more convenient way of purchasing medicines than travelling to a drug store. There are both advantages and disadvantages in using online pharmacies. These online pharmacies now gain larger share of the prescription drug market, consumers should be aware of the possible problems associated with obtaining an online prescription or purchasing a drug online. They need to take more care while the purchase is from overseas.
Most of the online pharmacies sell drugs if the consumer is having a prescription but there are online pharmacies which do not require a pre-written prescription. Customers may order drugs from such pharmacies to avoid the expense of visiting a doctor.
Most of such websites will have their own in house physicians to review the medication request and they will provide the consumer a prescription accordingly. Even there are websites which do not have an in house physician and they offer medications without a prescription or a doctor review. This practice is very dangerous. Only doctors can reliably assess an individual and provide the suitable medicines. Those pharmacies which offer such medications without a prescription or doctor review can be sometimes fraudulent.
Consumers move behind the online pharmacies because of the decrease in the cost of drugs. This is because the producers of the generic drugs avoid the costs like research and development cost, costs associated with the regulatory approval and marketing costs. Another reason is the privacy. Some people prefer to get medicines even at higher cost through online rather than consulting a doctor for issues like hair loss, depression etc.
It will be cheaper for the person if he has a prescription in his hand. It is usually not so cheap to obtain a medication from a pharmacy even if they offer a free prescription. Consumers should not consider price as the primary factor as in such cases you will not be receiving the actual medication. We should consider safety ahead of price.
There are many health concerns related with online prescriptions. If we are consulting a doctor, he can advise the patient about side effects and warning signs that indicate that the patient should stop taking a medication. But online pharmacy may provide very little guidance about taking the drug and the side effects. Moreover overseas pharmacies sell a different formulation of medication. This can result in a negative effect.
It is better to consult a qualified health care professional before taking a new prescription medication. Consumers should be very careful in purchasing drugs; drugs should be purchased only from licensed and ethical pharmacies. While you order online, check for a valid street address and phone number for the sponsoring pharmacy. When you receive the drugs through the mail, make sure that the expiration date is printed on the medicine. If you find that the drug does not contain a date or if the drugs are going to expire in three months, it is better to stop using that pharmacy. If you find that the pills you received look different from the usual prescription make sure that the drugs are real before you start taking them.
In the United States there has been a move to legalize the medicine imports from several European countries to decrease the consumer costs. This importation of prescription usually violates Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and federal laws. While considering the international consumers they often purchase drugs online from their own countries or from other countries. Those pharmacies which do not need prescription will ask to fill in a health questionnaire within their order. It is a common practice for foreigners to visit countries like Thailand, India and South Africa to purchase and bring home medications for themselves and family members, so that they can save a significant amount. This often exceeds up to 80 percent of the amount, when compared to the price they have to give in their home countries.
Consumers can avoid such difficulties like physically going through customs with their medication purchases. The online pharmacies mail the drugs to their home so that they can receive it very easily. In order to save money millions of uninsured and underinsured consumers purchase drugs from online pharmacies in Canada, India, UK and other countries. But it is very important that the primary concern of the customer should be safety rather than going after online pharmacies. According to the report by the drug monitoring company Envision, hundreds of prescription drugs are available to buy illegally over the internet. They are exposing consumers to huge risks and we should be very careful while dealing with such unregulated sites. Visit www.consumerdaddy.com for further information on consumer rights, consumer protection act, how to file a complaint and consumer courts case studies etc