Ordering Prescriptions Online Can Be Dangerous
Prescriptions can be filled at a local pharmacy on the same day that they are prescribed to you. When you order a prescription online, it could take days – if not weeks – to arrive at your door.
Local pharmacies only hire pharmacists who have been professionally trained and can provide personalized help, face-to-face, with each customer. Many drugs have ingredients that create harmful interactions when combined with others – even with non-prescription medications—and a pharmacist will be able to warn you about these risks before you purchase anything or take a medication.
Shopping at a local pharmacy, like shopping at any local business, helps stimulate the economy. It provides real jobs for real people, and it creates a higher standard of living for the entire community.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has been working with local pharmaceutical organizations since 1999 to make online medication sales safer for customers, but it’s important to note that there are still many risks involved, and these risks can be very dangerous. Until rogue online pharmaceutical websites can be eliminated, industry experts advise customers to skip the online pharmacies and choose to visit their local pharmacies instead.
Check out this infographic for a great breakdown of why shopping at a local pharmacy is the safer, healthier and smarter decision. Hopefully by sharing these statistics with your patients, you can prevent them from making poor decisions