Cons, and Pros of Purchasing Drugs Online in Canada
Although the internet was first developed with a purpose to enhance better communication, it has grown rapidly into a worldwide interconnection of computer systems, which have created a platform for governments, organizations, businesses, consumers, and academic institutions to interact and manage their operations. There are various ways in which patients can get medication from online pharmacies, where some contact their physicians to give a prescription to an online pharmacy, while others order the medication and go for the prescription from the physician, but there are those who never involve the physician in the process where the order for a delivery without a physician’s prescription.
The last method of online drug purchase is dangerous to the drug user since they will hardly get to access information on whether the online pharmacy is legal or illegal in terms of registration and operations where some pharmacies can sell drugs without meeting the right standards and approval.
The other danger comes in after the purchase of medicine from these illegal sites since the medicine bought do not have a guarantee of quality, which increases the chances of it being counterfeit, unapproved for use and substandard. Operation of these illegal pharmacies is dangerous as they lack medical professionals who can offer counseling services yet they sell prescription drugs such as antibiotics, anti-acne drugs, and chemotherapy regimens while they advertise the drugs using wrong information such as how the drugs can be used without prescription, but in reality, daring to do this would lead to a lot of damages such as birth defects.
This method is also risky since their processes can hardly be trusted due to lack of transparency, like in the case where they give a questionnaire to the purchase and claim that a physician will review the answers and then prescribe the appropriate drugs. Some governments have introduced a law which restricts doctors who have not examined patients before from prescribing drugs based on an online questionnaire.
On the other hand, there are benefits of using the internet to purchase drugs and the greatest among them is the simplicity and convenience that online pharmacies offer but that may not be the case if a patient bought drugs simply and conveniently from an illegal site.
In case of a legitimate online pharmacy, there is efficiency in the process since such pharmacies have a system which requires patients to register to get consultation services by email or phone, where they also make sure that they are effective by asking the patient about their drugs history to avoid interaction of drugs.
Lastly, internet pharmacies in Canada also offer privacy for people purchasing the drugs online and in the same time giving a vast access to drugs and practitioners where people in remote areas, the elderly and the disabled can easily access drugs.