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Online Pharmacy (Drugstore) v Local Neighbourhood Chemist

Travel Forums General Talk Online Pharmacy (Drugstore) v Local Neighbourhood Chemist

1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Ok, so lve been doing a bit of research into anti-malarials - online and spoke to the nurse who looks after the travel clinic in my GPs surgery. So thats not my question, but lve been now pricing the drugs (lm going for Doxycycline l think) which can widely vary.

Ive never used an online pharmacist before but my local chemist/pharmacist/apothocary call them what you will is practically £20 (almost $40) more expensive than the costs online.

The online guys ask for the private prescription from your GP before they dispatch the drugs so you cant just buy them and go, but another little voice in my head is saying that the local guys give the personal touch and can help with questions etc etc?

So - which do you use or what is your experience of buying your drugs online?

Cheers

Heather

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Personally, I still use my local pharmacist for all of my prescriptions - some which I take regulary. But, I am now looking into ordering online as I can get a 90 day supply that our insurance will cover. If I use my local pharmacist, they will only allow me a 30 day supply through their plan. I also have 2 friends who swear by the online pharmacies because of the pricing, service and speedy delivery time.

If your prescription was a new one for something like antihypertensives or treatment for another medical condition, I would say use your local chemist for the first few months until all of your questions were answered. Then, switch to online for the cheaper prices. But, since you are looking at Doxy - I'd (personally) order it online. I don't know how the online chemists work in Europe, but most of the one's in the US do have contact phone numbers where you can ask questions if needed. I would make sure that service was available when choosing an online pharmacy.

Do you have private medical coverage through your employer? If so, maybe they also have a prescription plan that would decrease the cost and equal the online pharmacy. (I'm just throwing out a question as I don't live there...) ;)

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Thanks G - l do have private medical insurance but you need to be refered by a GP - more for jumping queues or waiting lists for treatment. And l think there is some sort of excess (not 100% sure never used it) which when compared to the price of the drugs would take any "bargain" out of the equation!

The cost for either is minimal - anything between £10-30 - really so for the hassle l would have to go through wouldnt be worth the time or energy - but the online guys www.travelpharm.com are ones that l have picked up through recommendations on TP.

Just interested to see what people thought - anything to do with meds I wouldve though would have to have some regulations or checks lm leaning toward the online guys.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I have this thing about always going to the same Pharmacy chain, so that my prescription history is all in the same place. That way, if there's a mix that doesn't work or a possible allergy (I'm already allergic to one med - nasty reactions!), the pharmacist has the info to let me know. I'm not sure how that works with online pharmacies, though. My two cents' worth!