Online Prescription Drugs
Sources for online prescription drugs and internet ordering are abounding. Online prescription drugs are available from online pharmacies, or as sometimes referred to ePharmacies, both on and off shore. In the beginning, online pharmacies in the US experienced some difficulty with operation because prescription verification and shipping delays served as a deterrent for consumers to order online prescription drugs.
Through massive efforts in recent years, systems have been put in place to make the integration between prescribing physicians, insurance companies and their patients as seamless as possible. Online prescription drugs are increasing in sales due in part to the increased simplicity of the process. Sales of online prescription drugs are higher than flowers and rivaling music.
However, as prescription drug prices soar, online prescription drugs are being ordered more and more often from pharmacies outside the United States. Canadian and Mexican ePharmacies are getting a great deal of American’s business and dollars. Laws regarding ordering online prescription drugs from outside the United States vary from state to state and it is illegal to import prescription drugs. Yet to address what some deem a crisis, off shore pharmacies are finding ways to comply with US laws in order to retain the business of many Americans that are seeking low cost ways to maintain their prescription regimen.
While most consumers are only interested in affordable prescription medication, some health care experts are concerned that the availability of online prescription drugs has potentially increased addiction and could also lead to self-diagnosis. Since there are some sources of online prescription drugs that will fill an order without a prescription, the fear is that pain-killer addiction will grow and that some patients will skip their doctor all together and self-medicate.
These fears may or may not be realized, but there is no doubt that the sales of online prescription drugs will continue to grow and health care professionals will need to work closely with government and manufacturers to regulate both cost and availability.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.