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In much the same way as people are buying their shopping online – more and more people in need of medication are turning to online prescriptions services for help. Particular within the UK where NHS cuts make some medicines harder to get hold of, increases in the need for private healthcare have led to the continued rise of online prescriptions.
But is this area of medicine suitably covered by legislation and supported by the medical community? Are doctors and medical experts doing enough to make it safer for patients to order online prescriptions, or simply condemning all patients to accepting the risks of ordering from unreliable sources?
In New York, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking steps to combat the ‘growing epidemic’ of prescription drug abuse. His concern is not that genuine patients find it difficult to get online prescriptions, but that those who do not genuinely need medicine can have it delivered to their home overnight.
Schneiderman has suggested the development of an online database that tracks real-time prescriptions alongside a patient history for all prescriptions that have been dispensed. This would help those authorized to prescribe medicine online to check patient history and make informed decisions.
This in turn provokes the question – how much information can and should be made available online? If, for example, patients are to get online access to medical records, should it become obligatory to submit this information to a doctor who is issuing your online prescription?
If you are suffering from a long-term condition and plan to order medicine online, it is of incredible importance to be open and honest with the medical professional who is helping you. Even if certain aspects of your medical history are embarrassing or awkward, you can be assured that a professional online medical doctors will treat each case in confidence.
Armed with the full and correct medical picture, doctors are able to safely issue the online prescriptions that you need.