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If it sounds too good to be true . . . what should I do? The truth about heavily discounted medication

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We all love a bargain. Whether it’s £10 off your next grocery shop or making the most of the high-street summer sales, the British are first in the queue. But when it comes to prescription medication cutting corners should never be an option.

The nature of the Internet means that we are able to purchase goods from across the globe at the click of a button. While this means that convenience and competition over pricing has never been better for consumers, it also comes with a downside . . . counterfeit and substandard products.

Just as you may end up with a ‘fake’ handbag or watch, rather than the legitimate one you purchased online in good faith, the same can happen with medication. Unlike a below-par Prada lookalike, though, the price for buying unofficial and unregulated drugs can have serious repercussions for our health.

Only in May, the US Food and Drug Administration led a crack down on online websites that were illegally marketing unlicensed and potentially dangerous prescription drugs over in the States. But it is becoming clear that the volume of unapproved and counterfeit drugs coming in from India, Pakistan, China and Mexico among other countries, is on the increase.

In total, the number of websites found to be in violation of US law on pharmaceuticals ran to nearly 2,000, leading Douglas Stearn, director of the FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, to say,

“When consumers buy prescription drugs from outside the legitimate supply chain, they cannot know if the medicines they receive are counterfeit or even if they contain the right active ingredient in the proper dosages. Consumers have little or no legal recourse if they experience a reaction to the unregulated medication or if they receive no therapeutic benefit at all.”

That’s not to mention issues of credit card fraud, identity theft and digital viruses which are also rife on these sites.


Choose an online pharmacy registered with the GPhC

prescription medicationIn the UK, rogue websites are also reportedly on the increase, with many failing to meet the strict regulations required by law to sell prescription medication. The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the leading regulatory body for the Pharmaceutical industry in the UK and is responsible for determining whether an online pharmacy is licensed, or not.

Patients who want to purchase goods, safe in the knowledge that they are getting exactly what they paid for and not place themselves in any danger should only purchase through pharmacists registered with the GPhC. This will ensure that medications such as prescription Viagra contain the right levels of active ingredient, are not contaminated and do not lead to unexpected side effects.

At Express Pharmacy we believe that ordering online prescription medication should not mean compromising on quality or safety. That’s why we promote our GPhC registration and encourage any patient unsure about placing an order to contact us directly. All of our prescriptions are authorised by qualified pharmacists who work in our own bricks and mortar pharmacies and are always just a phone call away.

Not only that, but we believe in being open and honest with our customers by using independent review site Trustpilot. This allows prospective customers to see the unbiased views of existing Express Pharmacy customers.

For more information on the service we provide and the safest way to order prescription medication online, please call us on 0208 123 0703


Ordering online: key points

- Look for the GPhC logo

- Look for a street address and contact information

- Check price – if the price appears to be too good to be true then it probably is

- Search for reviews and testimonials

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