Online pharmacies are becoming more and more popular in Australia. You can simply order your medications online, and your order will arrive at the door soon enough. You won’t have to take detours on your way from work and languish at long lines at your local pharmacy. As convenient as online pharmacies can be, not all that claim to be pharmacies actually are. If you are thinking about buying medicine from an online pharmacy, here are several tips on how to do it right and avoid being scammed:
Check Registration First
In Australia, all pharmacists must be registered. So, the online chemist or the pharmacist for a particular site must have his or her own registration in the state where the pharmacy is being operated. You can always ask for this information if it is not readily provided.
Stick to Aussie Sites
The Australian government has certain rules and regulations for keeping online pharmacies legitimate. So, if you buy from an Australian website with an .au extension, you are less likely to get scammed. If possible, avoid overseas pharmacies located countries like America. These businesses may not be regulated in the way that you think they are. Also, with an Australian site, you will be able to take legal action if a purchase goes wrong. It may not be possible with a site being operated from another country.
Look Up the Business Address Provided
Even if a site has a .au extension, the site could potentially be operated from overseas. The best way to know whether an online pharmacy is legitimate or not, is to look up the business address. A full business must be provided for the site to be legitimate. You can look up this address on Google Maps. Ideally, you should purchase from a site that has a business address in your state to get full protection for your purchase.
You will Need Your Prescription
If you need to buy prescription medication, you will need your prescription to buy from an online pharmacy. If it’s possible to buy prescription drugs without a prescription from any site, then you should absolutely avoid the sites. Such sites are illegitimate and may sell your counterfeit meds. So, always have your prescription ready and provide it as needed to order the right drugs.
Buy Only Non-Prescription Brands You are Familiar with
Online pharmacies are also great places to by non-prescription medications and certain personal items like burn ointment, intensive moisturizer, and itch creams. Online pharmacies may have more stock on hand than regular pharmacies. If you see brands you are unfamiliar with, don’t buy. Purchase non-prescription brands you have seen around and know to be legitimate, like Panadol, or Cetaphil. Don’t experiment with unfamiliar brands, especially from online pharmacies.
Avoid Dubious Claims
Legitimate online pharmacies do not make dubious claims about medicines or “miracle cures” that could dissolve your fat in 30 days or grow your hair back in a week. Do not purchase any items with such advertising. If a site sends you unsolicited emails for such items, you should avoid the sites altogether.
Know the Returns Policy
Legit online pharmacies offer returns policies with purchases. You should know the limits of such returns policies before making a purchase. Obviously, you might not be able to return everything you buy. Do know the terms and conditions in advance.
Use the above health advice to make sure you purchase legit medications from online pharmacies you can trust.