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How to Choose an Online Pharmacy

Aug 17, 2007
It seems these days that it has never been easier to obtain non prescription medicines & with the advent of the online pharmacy the process has become even easier. In the US they can provide an online consultation & service all from the comfort of your own home or office PC. No medical examinations are necessary & your privacy is guaranteed.

For certain medical conditions an online pharmacy may offer online doctor consultations with treatment & recommendations.

As more & more people turn to the internet for information on a wide range of topics it seems that medical & health information is a popular search topic. All kinds of medical organisations, including many government organisations, use the internet to provide the general public with health & medical information & advice. The advent of the online pharmacy could be seen as a natural compliment to all of this information.

They are particularly useful for information & advice about so called "embarrassment conditions" where people would rather consult a computer than deal face to face with another person about a problem they might have which they find themselves too embarrassed to talk about.Some of the most popular medicines purchased include; viagra for erectile dysfunction, propecia for hair loss & xenical for obesity.

When choosing an online pharmacy you should check to see that they meet the stringent safety standards of your home country. In the US the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) police the industry although the very nature of the internet makes this a difficult task. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) also has a role to play as it enforces consumer protection in the US & acts to make sure companies does not make false claims about their products or services. However many websites outside the US claim to be up to 50% cheaper than those in the US & therefore many people choose to use a website based outside the US there is nothing the FDA or FTC can do to police them.

In the UK the MHRA (Medical & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) is the equivalent of the US FDA & regulates all drugs & medicines sold in the UK. Also the EMEA (European Medicines Evaluation Agency)evaluates new products sold within the EU (European Union). Any medicine approved by the EMEA can be sold throughout the Europe.

You should treat an online pharmacy like you would any other online business, make sure they have an address & phone number should you have a problem need to get in touch & only pay through secure payment methods.

Whilst an online pharmacy cannot & indeed will not claim to be able to replace your health professional for consultation and advice they are undoubtedly a useful addition to the medical treatment armoury at your disposal.They are available 24 hours a day 365 days of the year so used wisely you may wonder what you ever did without one.
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John Mac is Author & Owner of fitnessdiethealth.com a website including information about an online pharmacy
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