Shopping on line has some challenges regardless of what you buy but when it comes to medicines, the challenges or the dangers become quite serious. You cannot be harmed if you buy a cotton shirt and receive one made of polyester and cotton or some fabric you don’t know of. At best you may feel uncomfortable but you will be exposed to serious health hazards if you don’t take some precautions while buying medications online.
- The first danger is counterfeits. The pharmaceutical industry is vulnerable to fake medicines. Even when you buy from stores or local pharmacies, you have to be cautious about it. Counterfeits or fake medicines can make their way into the supply chain at any point in time. The chances are higher when you buy medications on line. Counterfeits don’t even have to infiltrate supply chains when you buy online. The entire supply can be counterfeit medicines.
- There are delivery hassles. Typically, delivery hassles with a courier will make you impatient and irritated. But you don’t really stand at risk of anything untoward. At best your purchase will be futile. With medicines, you may be exposing yourself to health risks should you not have the medicines delivered or have it delayed substantially. You must know when the online store will dispatch your medicines and post to Portugal. You need to know the terms of delivery of the courier that the store uses or the terms of shipping of the store that should encompass the same. You don’t want a scenario when you run out on critical medications and you don’t have the ordered medicines delivered.
- It is possible that you would end up with wrong medicines or drugs that can cause some serious harm. If you are not very careful, you can buy medicines that are not in accordance to regulations. A local pharmacy will always double check what it sells. Online stores don’t have such stringent checks. But if you are cautious then you can be safe.