The percentage of people who buy drugs online has grown significantly. While buying drugs online has many benefits it has couple of demerits also. One can avoid the bad experience that may be caused by these demerits by taking few little precautions.
Find a Legal Pharmacy
Buy drugs from licensed pharmacy. In order to conduct business online, a pharmacist need to acquired license. Such license is issued by respective regional government body for pharmacists. If the pharmacy, you are thinking to buy drugs from, claims to be located in USA then it should have license number provided by one of pharmacists associations.
Once legitimacy of that pharmacy is confirmed second thing you need to look for is where that pharmacy buys drugs from (i.e. which retailer or distributor is the source for that pharmacy to buy drugs?). Distributor should be authorized. Also distributor should buy medications directly from manufacturers of respective drug.
Drugs provided to pharmacy (and thereby to you) must be in a seal as produced by the manufacturer. This ensures that shipped medicines have not been tampered. In case you feel you have not received drugs in proper seal or drugs/drugs packing is damaged you should not use that medicine and those drugs should be sent back to pharmacy.
Make sure no third party is there between you and the pharmacy you are buying drugs from. Customers’ privacy is not maintained in that case.
Pharmacy must state contact details on site for customers for assistance such as order cancellation, fax prescription, change of shipping address, parcel tracking and parcel return.
Either a medical profile of customers or a valid prescription, provided by qualified physician, is mandatory to ship drugs to customers. Do not buy drugs that does not require prescription. You are putting your health and money at great risk by buying drugs without prescription. No legal action can be taken if pharmacy shipped fake pills or counterfeited medicines( which may show life threatening adverse effects) or did not ship at all.
Medical profile: Pharmacy should maintain medical record of customer with details such as…
- Current administration of other drugs
- Recent or past medical history. Health events such as diabetes or blood pressure or stroke or heart attack or so on…
- Alcoholism, smoking and drug addiction.
- List of supplements or herbal or vitamins customer is taking.
Prescription: There are two types of drugs for consumers; OTC (Over the Counter) drugs and Prescription drugs. OTC drug can be bought without any prescription. Pharmacy is needed to ask for prescription, written by physician, to sell drug hat requires prescription to buy.
Make sure pharmacy also dispatches prescription (one that you sent) with medicines in parcel.
Buy only drug that your physician has asked you to buy. Do not buy alternative of if the drug you want to buy online is not available for any reason.
Pharmacy should also have a pharmacist available for assistance.