In 2015, the UK government took a substantial step to assist patients in the UK with availability to more affordable medicines online. Easy access to online pharmacies helped the NHS save money and become easily accessible. This step helped pharmacies increase healthy competition to ensure that the masses got good quality, efficient, and innovative methods to procure prescription medications safely.
Most modern pharmaceutical companies rely on patients getting easy access to brick and mortar pharmacies, medications and online pharmacies. In the United Kingdom, the online pharmacy industry has, gradually, grown to improve health and awareness to serve people with chronic conditions. With higher revenues and efficient delivery systems, the online pharmacy market in the UK has increased with high intensity and enthusiasm.
For decades, the only way to procure medicines was through regular pharmacies and face-to-face consultations with the doctor. The rise of virtual pharmacies and online prescriptions has given way to a new heretofore untapped market for sales of medicines. This increase in sales has led to an unprecedented high of positive responses from patients towards online pharmacies and online prescription services.
Let us look at some reasons for the increase in online pharmacies.
Save Time and Money:
Online pharmacies help patients save a lot of money and time in getting their prescriptions refilled. Most experienced pharmacists will be able to assist patients with minor ailments like body aches, cough, cold, influenza, fever, chills, and stomach aches. Fundamental healthcare and its remedies can be achieved with the help of experienced online pharmacists and online doctors in the same way that it has been earlier. The only difference between the old method and the new online one is the 24/7 availability of the doctor and pharmacist.
Most online pharmacies are readily available throughout the day and night to offer assistance to patients seeking medical aid. This availability helps patients save time and money by physically going to meet the doctor. Online doctors and pharmacists can advise patients over a video chat or via a phone call so that ailing people do not need to leave the comfort of their home and waste precious time and money in visiting the doctor. This cost saving reason is one of the foremost in contributing to the increase in online pharmacies.
Ease of access to medication:
Due to the steady increase in online pharmacies, prescriptions can now be uploaded directly to the pharmacy site for ready reference. Pharmacists and doctors affiliated with the online pharmacy can easily access the uploaded medical records and prescriptions that suit your condition and hence prescribe correct medication. Advanced IT systems help in maintaining confidential medical records, filing, paperwork, dispensing of medicines, and ordering and stock control.
With the ease of access to transparent medicine stocks, it becomes easier for patients to refill their prescriptions from available medications for their conditions. Once an order is placed with an online pharmacy, an automatic record of the order and prescription is available to view at all times. This system helps in keeping track and easily obtaining medications when needed.
Katie from civilizedhealth.com said “online pharmacies are great at a convenience for those who struggle to get their medicine but there should be some more regulations on them”
In the UK, most online pharmacies offer the option of safe deliveries of good quality medications to your preferred address. Direct delivery not only helps in saving the cost of travel to the pharmacy and visiting the doctor but also helps in protecting personal privacy. Most people prefer ordering sensitive medicines like Minoxidil or Viagra, directly to their home or office address instead of physically going to the pharmacy and refilling a prescription.
Online prescriptions are stored in the database of the virtual pharmacy and reminders are also sent when the medicines require refilling. These excellent facilities have helped most people shift to the modern method of procuring medications from the safety of their homes.
Lesser wait times:
The main problem with physical pharmacies is the excessively long wait times. The longer the time taken to refill a prescription, the lower is the positive patient experience. Online pharmacies help in eliminating the entire ‘wait-time’ experience for patients who are in a hurry. Apart from just the minus point of long lines at physical pharmacies, another plus point in favor of online pharmacies is the absence of unpleasant staff. Since prescriptions are refilled online, most patients do not have to communicate with the employees at pharmacies.
Poor communication is also completely eliminated through the medium of online pharmacies since everything is automated. The only time that patients have to communicate with the online pharmacies directly is if they wish to speak to an online doctor or pharmacist. This helps save tremendous time and reduce wait times at all steps of ordering and procuring medicines.