The Internet has definitely made it possible to have almost anything available to purchase online. Online pharmacies are changing the medical industry over the past few years. It can offer you convenience than traveling to your local pharmacy, and they also cater to a growing consumer need: affordable and inexpensive medicine. Even though this may seem attractive, there are still pros and cons to consider, if you decide to purchase your prescription medication online.
- Low cost and affordability. A lot of consumers are looking for ways to save money, especially on prescription costs and this is one way you can do so. This is a great alternative than your local pharmacy. A lot of Canadian online pharmacies like My Drug Center offers discounts and deals which can help cut your costs significantly. The way they do it is by offering the generic alternative of brand name medications that may not have become available in the United States yet and are therefore unavailable to you. Aside from that, most online pharmacies offer free shipping. To those on a budget, a low price and free shipping is the best you can ask for.
- Efficiency and Convenience. Online pharmacies dispense the medicines directly to consumers doorsteps. This means there is no requirement to wait in 2 or more pharmacy lines to receive one month’s worth of medication at a time. Once you send in your prescription from your doctor and set-up a medical history profile (protocol) then you can most likely sign up for refill reminders as well as get a representative to get the next prescription directly from your doctor (assuming no check-up is required). This makes it easier and suitable for those that have serious conditions which hinder them from going out and making several trips to the pharmacy.
- Risk of fake and/or expired drugs. This is an opportunity that is taken advantage of by some scammers or illegitimate online pharmacies to exploit the unsuspecting consumer. It is important for you to verify and check certifications such as CIPA and Pharmacy Checker before you purchase from an online pharmacy. You can view these stickers at the bottom of any FDA Approved pharmaceutical website and confirm they are legitimate by clicking on them. To be even more thorough, speak to your doctor for recommendations and read reviews online. The issue of fake drugs is a serious problem, which could lead to further financial and health complications. Be vigilant and only purchase with caution!
- Possibility of reduced regulations. Any lawful Pharmacy website will require you to send a copy of your prescription for the said medications you are buying. If you are able to order without a prescription, unless it is an over-the-counter medication, then that is a warning sign of an illicit site. Always make sure that there is a contact us page on their website. If you don’t find an address or contact number to call, that is a big red flag.
In summary, be thorough in your research and listen to your gut if something feels wrong. The internet can be a scary place! Don’t hesitate to call the contact numbers to further ease your hesitation and ask all the questions you need to ensure your health and safety.