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EU logo requirementMay 16 2016

Logos required by online pharmacies to allow purchasers to confirm they are properly registered to sell medicines are not effective, a survey has found. However, nearly two fifths of online customers had come across sites they believed were selling counterfeit drugs.

Of 1,000 adults in an online survey, 54% did not know how to verify legitimacy of online pharmacies, and only 39% of respondents were aware of the role of the internet authenticity logos. However, 95% said they would buy medication online if the online pharmacy legitimacy could be verified.

The survey was conducted by Oxford Online Pharmacy to assess awareness of the logos, indicating that a business selling medicines online is registered with the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA. Across the EU, a logo in place provides a link to the list of registered online medicines retailers, while in the UK, another logo will link to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s register of pharmacies.

“Almost 40% of respondents had come across an online pharmacy that they believed to be fake. For the majority of those respondents (31%), the offer of prescription only medication without a prescription was the telltale sign that a site was selling counterfeit drugs. Only half (54%) felt they would be able to spot a fake online pharmacy,” said Oxford Online Pharmacy.

“When asked what would give them the greatest reassurance to purchase medication online, 44% cited the existence of a physical bricks and mortar arm of the business.” In addition, 95% said that they would never buy from a source about whose legitimacy they had doubts while the same proportion “confirmed that they would use an online pharmacy if its legitimacy could be guaranteed.”

Oxford Online Pharmacy is the online dispensing arm of the Frost Pharmacy Group, which comprises three pharmacies in Banbury and Oxford. Owner, manager and pharmacist Stuart Gale said: “The convenience of an online pharmacy, along with the discretion such a service provides for managing certain embarrassing conditions, is clearly something which appeals to customers.

“However, with so many counterfeit medicines making their way onto the market and almost daily horror stories of people suffering and even dying from taking them, it is not surprising that consumers don’t know where to turn.”

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Oxford Online Pharmacy

GPhC Internet Pharmacy registration

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