Lots of us love the convenience of online shopping. From groceries to gadgets, most consumer goods are just a click away.
But what about your medication? Should you buy medication online?
Medicines are not your average consumer products, and there are real risks (and benefits) in using them. This is why you should only buy medicine through a qualified healthcare professional. And this goes for buying medication online as well.
Here, we’ll show you how to avoid the potential dangers of online medicine shopping. We’ll also reveal the best ways to order prescriptions online, using legitimate and authorised sites.
Buying your medication online is an appealing concept. Life is busy! And online medication lets you control your health from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. But while it’s tempting to self-diagnose and order treatments online, the potential risks outweigh any benefits.
NPS MedicineWise CEO Mr Steve Morris says:
“The risk with buying medicines online is your self-diagnosis may be wrong, the medicine you purchase may not be suitable for you, and it might interact with other medicines you may already be taking.”
These risks increase even further if you’re buying medicines from an overseas website. You need to be wary because you could:
Before you buy medicine online, you should consider doing a few things to keep yourself safe:
In Australia, some medicines are only available with a prescription. That’s because doctors and pharmacists need to be sure that the medicine is right for you, and that you know how to use it safely. For example, there are some medicines that:
You’ll need a qualified health professional’s advice when getting a prescription online. In Australia, websites that provide scripts (like InstantScripts®), or that sell medicines online must conform to the highest standards.
InstantScripts can provide prescriptions online, Telehealth appointments and even deliver prescription medication straight to your door. We are backed by real, Australian, RACGP-certified doctors who help make managing your health as easy, convenient and safe as possible.
There are some restrictions to what kinds of medicines can be routinely prescribed via online health services. An online doctor can prescribe things like:
There are certain medicines that doctors cannot prescribe online, including some types of pain relief medicines (controlled medicines).
If you already know your condition and what medication you need (and are not seeking a controlled drug), getting a script online with a Telehealth service such as InstantScripts is simple:
InstantScripts® offers online prescriptions for over 300 common medications, both for everyday conditions and chronic illnesses.
You can pick-up your medicine from one of over 2,000 participating pharmacies in Australia, or have your medicine delivered to your home.
For all its convenience, when it comes to accessing medication, don’t rely on online doctors’ prescriptions alone. It’s critical to regularly check in with your usual doctor or pharmacist in person.
But when you do buy your medicine online, make sure you stick to Australian based businesses, backed by accredited doctors and pharmacies.