Buying your medicine online is a convenient way of dealing with your health issues. But while you’re never more than a few clicks away from finding an online pharmacy, not every company selling medication over the Internet is legitimate.
Let’s break down online pharmacies and the regulations about selling medication online so that you can be sure you’re dealing with a legit, genuine pharmacy.
There are lots of warning signs that will let you know if you’re looking at a rogue pharmacist, such as:
If you are unable to get complete satisfaction on all of those issues, then do not buy any medication from the website. If you do, you could be putting your health and life at serious risk.
You should also avoid buying questionable ‘herbal’ cures rather than licensed medicines. Treatments like weight loss pills or ED pills are often offered from non-registered pharmacy websites. They are notorious for tampering and can be very dangerous.
It’s generally not a good idea to just go and seek out pills and medication without talking to a doctor or pharmacist first. Side effects and reactions need to be considered to ensure your safety. Something as simple as having a drink or sunbathing could lead to a serious reaction or complication. That’s why it’s so important to seek professional, medical advice.
It’s not just your wallet that’s in danger from untrustworthy online pharmacists, it’s your health too:
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a warning that it is “completely impossible” to control the amount of illegitimate online pharmacies.
However, there are a number of regulatory organisations you can look out for when trying to establish if a pharmacy is legit.
If you can’t find any of these regulatory agencies on the pharmacy's website, you can also visit the General Pharmaceutical Council register.
This has a record of both online and offline pharmacies that have been accredited by the GPhC.
The Independent Pharmacy has been in operation since 2013 and was established by two registered pharmacists and is run by a team of GPs, doctors, and pharmacists. Patients safety is our number one concern, and you can be certain that The Independent Pharmacy is legit because:
Don’t take any chances with your health when you are buying medication online. Make sure the pharmacist is legit and that your health is their number priority before you order from them. We want to make sure that you're safe when buying online, so if you need any advice, even if it's to check another website - don't hesitate to contact us.
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