18 December 2012
Patients who feel embarrassed about certain conditions are putting their health at risk by not visiting their GP and instead going online to source medication.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) found that illegal sales of medicine are rising fast, as more people bypass getting legal prescriptions to avoid having to tell doctors about issues they feel uncomfortable with.
It is so bad that three-quarters of pharmacists are of the opinion that this is now a commonplace activity, one which could have serious ramifications.
"These are worrying statistics and it's clear from our members that patients are still unaware of the potential risks associated with purchasing medicines online from unregulated or unverified websites," commented Neal Patel of the RPS.
"Some of these illegal sites are very professional and look like legitimate online pharmacies, but supply dangerous fakes or unlicensed medicines that have serious health implications."
To combat this and better educate the public, several health organisations have banded together to launch a campaign called Real Danger, which highlights the risks of buying medication online without a proper prescription.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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