An Online pharmacy operates through the Internet. Customers place their orders via the online pharmacy’s website and receive their orders through the mail or other types of shipping companies. You should always make sure the company you order from is a legitimate online pharmacy, either working in the same place you reside or it may be situated in a different country.
You will also find the unethical, illegal internet pharmacies. These websites might contain lies about where it resides, what their procedures include and the certificates they may have. They may send you outdated medications, past their expiry date, or even counterfeit medications. They do not follow the procedures and safeguards that all pharmacies must operate under.
Concerns and Risks of ordering medications from an Online Pharmacy:
Information, for example, the origin, address, of the company is wrong; because it might not follow rules and regulations of the country it resides in. Also, the origin of medications may be wrongly stated because it is bogus medications, produced illegally.
Children or Minors can order without the supervision of an adult; controlled substances, that won’t be easy to come by in legal pharmacies, can be easily ordered, by almost anyone that has access to, and can work the Internet.
Illegal pharmacies can send counterfeit medications; because unethical pharmacies work outside of rules and regulations, they can actually send you anything as if it is the original, without you knowing the difference. Outdated or substituted medications can cause great harm and even death.
Other Issues and Concerns; may include the potential lack in confidentiality, packaged improperly, as well as the lack of checking for drug interactions.
When issued your medications at a Traditional Pharmacy you know that all regulations and stipulations and rules were followed to ensure your safety and the proper legal workings of said pharmacy.
However, when ordering online, there is little or none protection for the consumer. Because of this lack of regulation and sometimes also lack of legality; the Internet made it very easy for drug dealers to visit you in your own living room. This also causes substance and drug abuse, even death because of drug or medication interactions, incorrect administration and dosage, and also the use of drugs with impure ingredients.
While ordering online can be beneficial for persons that are housebound or bedridden; it also made ordering online easy for children and persons incapable of being responsible around drugs.