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Why Are Online Pharmacies Growing in Popularity?

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In 2014, the overall number of online pharmacy orders rose nearly 25%, and this number has only continued to grow since.

Of course, there is no substitute for visiting a healthcare professional such as a GP or pharmacist in person for serious conditions. But for many common treatments the online pharmacy has become a popular alternative – particularly for those with limited free time and difficulty getting to a bricks and mortar pharmacy in person.

Fast treatment

Waiting times in doctors’ surgeries around the country have risen dramatically in recent times. It is well documented that GPs are overstretched and that people are being recommended to think carefully before booking appointments for mild conditions.

With this in mind online pharmacies have become a valuable alternative – saving doctors valuable time in prescribing lifestyle medications and more commonplace drugs. A series of simple questions can lead to an evaluation of your symptoms with just a few clicks.

Those reputable online pharmacists, Express Pharmacy included, also offer additional support to customers in the form of a dedicated phone number and Live Chat facility to provide advice and guidance for those with queries and concerns.


The thing about online pharmacies that tends to really appeal to people is the convenience factor. Being able to order prescription medication and consult health professionals from the comfort of your home makes dealing with any health concerns feel like less of a chore. By taking the difficulty out of accessing important medications, online pharmacies are helping people to tackle problems that they may have otherwise tried to ignore.

By ordering through an online pharmacy, you save yourself time and effort on things like travelling to the GP, whilst still getting the information, products and services you need. This has proven particularly useful for individuals living in more remote areas, or who find getting up and out to the doctor’s office difficult.

Simple ordering and delivery process

One of the most convenient aspects of an online pharmacy is the ability to get vital medication sent right to your door. Once your items have been ordered, delivery is extremely fast, and getting through the ordering process is quick and hassle-free.

Payment options are flexible through most online pharmacies, and because prices are compared with elsewhere on the web you might actually end up paying less than you would by going through a GP to get a prescription. You can also read all about your suggested medication before fully deciding that it’s the right one for you.

Fully qualified

When online pharmacies first started to appear online, one of the main concerns people had about them was that they weren’t sure whether the advice they were getting was actually coming from experts. Now, however, more and more people are realising that fully regulated and registered online pharmacies are a valuable addition to the healthcare system.

Pharmacists are qualified to diagnose a condition, prescribe necessary medication and dispense this medication to you.


Sometimes going to the doctor can be difficult because the condition you want to get treatment for is very personal or even embarrassing. Of course, it’s vital to remember that you should never feel ashamed to go to the doctor’s, but it’s difficult to avoid feeling nervous about sharing personal details with someone else.

Online pharmacies let you address more personal concerns like erectile dysfunction, hair loss and unwanted facial hair with discretion and privacy, which can make people more likely to address these concerns in the first place.

If you’re struggling to visit a GP or your local pharmacy in person, why not explore the option of an online pharmacy instead? Can’t find the right treatment on our website? Why not call 0208 123 0703 or use our discreet Live Chat service today?