Online shopping for clothing, electronics, jewellery, and groceries was already popular, and it has become a crucial part of many people’s lives. Meeting the consumers’ basic needs by delivering medicines to their doorstep is certainly the need of the hour.
For more than two decades, the concept of online pharmacy delivery and online drug sales has been popular around the world.
But, is it advantageous or a cause of misery? We’re going to discuss it in this post!
What Is an Online Pharmacy?
An online pharmacy is a website that sells pharmaceuticals over the internet, and it includes both legitimate and fraudulent medical businesses.
A prescription can usually be filled in one of two ways:
- Fill your prescription at an online drugstore or a mail-order pharmacy, and the pharmacy will mail you the medications.
- Request an Rx refill online through your pharmacy’s patient portal, and then pick up your medication in person.
While having online pharmacy delivery, you can enjoy lower prices than brick-and-mortar pharmacies, as well as more access, lower product and transaction costs, convenience, and, most importantly, anonymity for customers. In isolated places, they provide excellent accessibility to people with restricted mobility. These websites also provide information about replacements and side effects.
Unregulated E-Commerce Laws Are the Problem!
While online pharmacies may appear to be a blessing to consumers, they have a bad image for a variety of reasons, the most serious of which is their unregulated operation. E-commerce laws are ambiguous and vulnerable to different interpretations. Many of these laws, such as the Medicines and Magic Remedies Act, which regulates drug advertisements, were drafted before computers and the internet were as common as they are now. There are laws in place for online pharmacy deliveries in India. Medicines can only be sold by a registered pharmacy with a retail license and a registered pharmacist on the payroll, according to Indian legislation.
With the exception of over-the-counter medications, a medicine order is necessary for all drugs ordered. Orders for medicines can only be taken in areas where a medical store retail permit is in effect. Before being delivered, all drugs must be verified and confirmed by a registered pharmacist. However, there is some ambiguity regarding the shipping of medicines from one state to another, as well as whether a pharmacy can collect money before delivering medications.
Illegal Websites May Do More Harm Than Good!
Furthermore, at the first sign of regulatory intervention, unlawful websites may vanish without a trace. Consumers looking for alternatives to buying drugs in their home country pose a danger to the pharmaceutical sector and pharmacists in that country.
The Problem of Secrecy & Security
Because of the anonymity provided by the internet, patients are more likely to search for information about medicines that they would otherwise avoid asking their doctor or getting from an offline pharmacy. Although the use of “cookies” to collect information about visitors and the lack of secure web technology are inherent hazards to anonymity, legitimate sites have the required equipment to ensure security.
For better patient management and to avoid the repercussions of self-medication, both parties must be aware of the patient’s online purchase of drugs. To improve a symbiotic physician-pharmacist-patient interaction, we must consider the interests and preferences of customers for online pharmacies.
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