Online/internet pharmacy functions over the internet and gives the orders to the customers by mail or delivery service through various shipping outlets. Usually, all these pharmacy sites are licensed by the home country and are allowed to take and send orders to certain countries as specified by the government.
Online pharmacy changing the medical world
Online pharmacy enables you to order medications online and makes it easier than ever for patients suffering from various diseases. Overseas Online pharmacy has spread widely in the U.S, Bulgaria, India, Pakistan, U.K and all of these online pharmacies are mostly registered under their respective countries drug agencies.
NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) recognizes 2 verification programs under online pharmacies internationally which are VIPPS and Legit Script.
Ordering drugs from online pharmacies minimize the cost and the inconvenience of visiting a hospital or local pharmacies. The delivery service makes the medicine ordered dropped at your doorstep in collaboration with delivering companies. Many reputed sites have their in-house physicians who review the medication and advise accordingly for better results to patients.
Things to know before ordering from online pharmacy
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(NABP) reported that if the price of any drug or medicine is exceptionally less one should avoid taking it as it can mean that the drugs have come from outside and haven’t been approved by the FDA. A legit pharmacy’s website has Verified (VIPPS) seal or stamp officially. This means that the mail order pharmacy is a VIPPS accredited online pharmacy and you can place your order from these sites without worrying about getting fake drugs.
Medication should be purchased from online sites for pharmacy which has “.pharmacy” (dot pharmacy) as that means that these pharmacy sites follow the law and are safe to buy medication from. A contact of the pharmacist or the doctor in charge should be provided on the website for any consultation or questions usually starting with 1-800- on the website.
One should know everything about the medicine he/she orders and adhere to the dosage which is safe for them. If one has experienced allergic reactions or other health problems, seeing a doctor becomes important as the wrong medication can worsen the state of the patient.
Risks and concerns related with Online Pharmacy
Sometimes certain unethical or unlicensed pharmacies can provide expired, or substituted or counterfeit medicines. Also sometimes it can be from a different country than mentioned on the shipment of the requested medicines. Medical abuse is common among minors or teenagers without any adult supervision as a prescription is not required on these sites.
Getting unlicensed medicines delivered from other countries where it’s legal also takes place often and can be punishable under the federal law. Other risks with online pharmacy can include improper packaging, lack of confidentially and many other problems.The enforcement’s set by different governments to stop drug abuse or any illegal activity is numerous.
The border services or the U.S army has the authority to check any package with any prescription or not. The DEA, FDA, and other drug agencies don’t target on people consuming small quantities of drugs to treat themselves medically with valid prescriptions. Few states have implemented their own set of laws which regulate importation, possession of medication and also trafficking in drugs with an original prescription list.