We can thank advances in technology like having the internet of things (IoT) make what seemed like a fantasy decades ago now a reality. We can now do almost everything over the world wide web. From browsing our social media to watching funny cat videos, we are also able to get in touch with people -family and friends to your health providers (telehealth) and to even selling and buying things online (e-commerce) which include medicine and health supplements, thanks to companies like WebMD Practice Pro.
As people become more tech savvy, doing things online has now become the norm. But when it comes to our health, our medications, we shouldn’t make any compromises. Here are our top 5 factors to remember when choosing your medications online:
- Consult and purchase from reputable and trusted sites – always do your research and choose providers that are credible and deliver results. Trusted online pharmacies have the needed licenses and permits to operate under the country’s regulatory guidelines. Even if a site claims to be certified, it is always best to do a thorough research. After all, we don’t want to put our health in jeopardy with dud medicines.
- Access to a licensed pharmacist – legitimate sites will have licensed pharmacists on hand for you to speak freely with (no fees asked) and answer any questions you may have about your medications. This is ideal especially if any concerns arise after taking in medications and have questions about any possible side effects.
- Beware of fakes – people can practically buy and sell anything online and fake items are all around. We find it very helpful to keep the physical appearance of the drug (size, color, container it comes from, ingredient list, etc.) so you would have a checklist at hand as you compare to what’s being sold online. If you are online to fill out a refill prescription, you already know what the taste and effects of your medications are. If anything is different, chances are you were sold a fake.Stop taking it and consult your doctor. Report the incident to the proper authorities.
- Check the source – legitimate sites would have their supplier’s information available. What you can do is also check the supplier’s site and look for the required detailed information such as licenses,certifications, etc. This will give you the assurance and peace of mind that you are indeed buying your medicines from reliable sources.
- They ask for prescriptions – with the exception of over-the-counter medications, legitimate sites would ask for your prescription in order to give you the correct medicine and dosage that you need. Avoid buying from sites that bypass prescriptions (such as sites saying they would give you a prescription after answering a questionnaire or doing a short quiz) as this clearly violates the law. Remember, only your doctor can safely prescribe your medication for you.
As long as you keep these things in mind, you’ll be more confident in finding the right medication online from the right pharmacy and your overall experience shall be a good one.