Making Internet Patients feel safe on the internet
Over the last few years, there has been in influx of online pharmacies due to the open regulations made available to UK pharmacies. The UK and other European pharmacies have legally licensed online pharmacies; this allows them to operate without restrictions.
To verify if an online pharmacy is legitimate, the GPhC introduced a voluntary internet pharmacy logo displayed on all pages of the pharmacies website. While the General Pharmaceutical Society’s logo was voluntary, the MHRA introduced compulsory internet pharmacy logo in 2015 for all EU pharmacies selling medicines online.
The logo introduced by the MHRA required even non-registered pharmacies to apply to the MHRA as long as they are selling medicines online, this could be through a third-party website such as ebay or amazon. Customers are slowly becoming confident when they see these logos on their websites.
Rogue pharmacies have been in the industry for many years and are still operating; in the US and Canada this is a huge issue as they do not have online pharmacy licences like we do in the UK and other parts of Europe. Cheapest Pharmacy was set-up to list online GPhC and MHRA approved online pharmacies, customers can compare cheaper prices and progress to checkout.