It’s fair to say that the internet has revolutionised the way we conduct our lives. Many of us will now pay our bills, communicate with friends, and even do our grocery shopping using the web. And thanks to modern technology, now you can even get prescription medication online too.
But, as with any industry, there are those less scrupulous traders out there who will do anything to make a fast buck. Some sites may claim to sell pain relief, and allow you to buy tramadol from them at a reduced price – but they may not be licensed sellers.
For your own safety, you should always make sure the seller you’re buying from is trading legally, and is registered to sell medicines.
Here are four ways you can spot online pharmacy scams and avoid buying dodgy medication, or being ripped off:
No Prescription Required
In the UK, it is illegal to sell certain medications without a prescription. Many forms of pain relief, such as tramadol, require you to see doctor before they can be issued to you. This is because medicines which are stronger than those you can buy over-the-counter are more likely to cause side effects in some, and a doctor will need to ensure they are safe for you first. So, if a website offers to sell prescription medicine without either asking you to supply a prescription, or providing a service which enables a doctor to consult with you and issue you one, avoid using it.
Bad Use of Language
Pharmacists are professionals, and should therefore conduct their business with the appropriate level of professionalism. If a pharmacy website contains lots of badly written, misspelled or badly presented language, then it probably hasn’t been written by someone who knows their business, and you shouldn’t use it.
Again, someone who runs a business responsibly will be more likely to employ a web developer and designer to manage their online interface. Those scammers who want to keep their overheads low will just do it themselves. So if the site you’re looking at is poorly designed, it probably isn’t genuine.
Look for the Link to the GPhC Registry
Legitimate pharmacies will have an entry in the General Pharmaceutical Council register. Their websites will usually provide a link to this, or display a logo with their registration number. If a site doesn’t contain this, and doesn’t offer you any contact details or a business address, the chances are it isn’t legit.