With the rise of technology and the internet, people now turn to the virtual world in order to make some of their purchases. Almost anything or everything can be purchased online, and that includes drugs or medicines. These can be either prescriptive or non prescriptive drugs and most people opt for online pharmacies because it is much cheaper and more convenient because they can have their prescriptions filled from the comforts of their own homes.
Buying branded prescription medicines in the United States has been proven to be more expensive than in other developed countries. That’s why buyers look for discounted prices for medicine online. The reason for the discounted prices is because some of the medicines are being bought from other countries. But there is a risk in purchasing medicines online in spite of the positive side of purchasers saving money.
There are scam sites that offer discounted prices for medicines that can be ordered online even without a prescription. These sites can send you the wrong type of medicine or worse, fake medicine. The sites often look legal and one way of making sure that the online pharmacy is legal and is carrying approved or safe medicine is to check if it is accredited with the NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy). Accredited sites have a blue oval seal that reads Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites or VIPPS. Illegal sites offer low prices and don’t have a helpdesk that consumers can contact.
Another risk in making online purchasing of medicine is the possibility of getting counterfeit drugs. There is no safety guarantee that can cover the medicines that are being purchased online. Other countries do not follow the same labeling procedure as with drugs within the United States, making users have lesser information about the drug and its possible side effects. It is also not possible for some online purchases to be returned or have your money refunded. Ordering medicines online may also result in getting the wrong type of medicine that can be harmful to your health. Medicines bought online may also be old stock or near its expiration date. They may also be shipped incorrectly making it exposed to possible contamination.
Some medicines being sold online are also not FDA approved. Meaning that it has not gone through the safety procedures most FDA approved drugs go through in order to make sure that it is safe for human consumption and its prescribed treatment for a disease or medical condition.
There is also a risk of identity theft in ordering medicines online. Some scam sites may make use of your personal information for their financial benefit.
Medicines are prescribed in order to treat or heal illnesses. It is important for consumers to know what is safe to be filled online and what is not. There is also a list of drugs from the FDA that cannot be purchased online due to safety restrictions that one can check before filling out an online prescription.