In the UK online pharmacies are becoming increasingly popular. As more people shop online they are seeking health and beauty products online.
People in the UK are also looking for prescription medicine online.
Online pharmacy prescriptions
If a person wants to order prescription medicine from a UK online pharmacy they will need to obtain a prescription from a doctor.
This can be an NHS prescription. It can also be a private prescription.
Private doctors and GPs can issue private prescriptions from their surgeries. These prescriptions can be posted to a UK online pharmacy. The medicines are then posted by recorded delivery.
Online pharmacy in the UK is well established and tightly regulated.
Online private prescription services
A few organisations, Dr Fox included, are registered to provide an online prescription service. The doctors working in these services carry out consultations online and issue prescriptions.
The prescriptions issued online are for medicines which can be supplied safely without the patient needing to be seen face-to-face. There are strict controls on how these private online consultations are carried out.
The prescriptions these online doctors issue are sent securely to partner online pharmacies in the UK for posting. Prescription medicine is posted by recorded delivery.
Cost of medicine online
In the UK an online prescription service is often cheaper than a straightforward online pharmacy site. This is because some of the medicines supplied by pharmacies must be branded products whereas online doctors can provide lower cost generic equivalents.
Both branded and generic medicines supplied from registered UK online pharmacies are genuine medicines. They are the same medicines as are supplied on NHS prescriptions.
The cost of a prescription medicine online depends on how much the doctors charge for the consultation and how much the pharmacy charge for supply and delivery.
Dr Fox is competitive in both areas. Dr Fox does not make a separate private prescription charge. Prices include on the Dr Fox website include consultation and prescriptions as well as medicine.
The way prescription and non-prescription medicine are promoted by online pharmacies in the UK is regulated by the MHRA (Medicine and Health Products Regulatory Authority). Websites supplying medicine must behave responsibly not make false claims and must provide appropriate information to patients/customers.
The future of online pharmacy in the UK
At the moment not all online pharmacies provide private prescription services. In the coming years, as demand for medicine on the internet increases, and more consultation services provided by doctors become regulated, this will become routine.
Customers/patients like the convenience and the lower cost of medicines online and are voting with their keyboards.
Overseas online pharmacy website
There are numerous overseas online pharmacy sites. These, by and large, supply medicines which do not conform to UK standards. They may be fake medicines. There is no guarantee medicine supplied from overseas pharmacies is genuine, suitable for the customer, or safe.
The World Health Organization estimate 50% of medicines available from websites which conceal their physical address are counterfeit.