Better security of patient’s medical information, prompt delivery and low prices has made them an instant favorite among the patients. Buying a prescribed drug has never been easier and secure with the traditional drugstores; hence the popularity of online pharmacies is on a rise. However, the growth of online pharmacies have tempted some unscrupulous people in launching online drugstores with the sole objective to cash in the boom without offering the desirable quality of service. While these wrong people go on to make profits out of their immoral/ illegal business ventures, their customers are the ultimate sufferers. So the patients need to be more careful in their selection of an online pharmacy.
The customers should take proper steps in determining whether an online pharmacy is legitimate or not. Buying a drug from an illegal/ unethical pharmacy exposes the patient to the risk of receiving contaminated or counterfeit drugs. Unsafe or wrong medicines can lead to drug interactions that can cause serious health complexities. Furthermore such unethical pharmacies fall way short in maintaining good service standards. Thus, buying a medicine from such a drugstore puts the patient at a greater risk in terms of security, confidentiality, price and the quality of the drugs being delivered. On the other hand good and legitimate online pharmacies not only provide necessary feedback and suggestions on possible drug interactions resulting due to the intake of a prescribed drug but also are governed by strict policies to maintain superior service standards. In order to determine the legitimacy of a pharmacy, patients should find out whether the Internet pharmacy is licensed or has been certified by a verification authority. Licensed pharmacies usually provide a direct link to their licensing/ verification authority. Patients should ideally place an order only after verifying this status.
Apart from the above, patients should make sure whether the online pharmacy provides a valid physical address and proper contact details to answer customer queries. Good pharmacies believe in maintaining strong pre and post sales relations with their customers, therefore they always provide a valid contact number to welcome customer queries. Online pharmacies processing orders without a valid prescription or indulging in the practice of generating fake prescriptions should be avoided.
A handful of unethical online drugstores often resort to tempting marketing strategies by announcing a “magical cure”, a “sudden breakthrough” or a “quick recovery” from a serious health disorder. In all probability, these pharmacies are either misrepresenting facts or are cooking up stories to attract more customers to their pharmacies. These so-called “quick-recovery”/ “quick-relief” drugs can pose serious health complexities if consumed without prior consultation of a registered medical practitioner. Avoid those sites that try to market themselves by finding out faults among their competitors or make tall claims without any relevant grounds to support them.