The presence of online pharmacies is growing throughout the United States. But what are they exactly? And how do you choose the right one? Read our blog below to find out.
An online pharmacy, internet pharmacy, or mail-order pharmacy is a pharmacy that operates over the Internet and sends orders to customers through mail, shipping companies, or online pharmacy web portal. Independent Internet-only sites, online branches of brick-and-mortar pharmacies, and sites representing partnership among pharmacies can all be categorized as “online pharmacies.”
Online shopping and e-commerce have been growing in popularity for some time, and online pharmacies and online sale of medicines are no exception. In fact, there are an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 online pharmacies operating in the USA.
The massive growth of online pharmacies can be attributed to such factors as better pricing than offline stores, increased access, lower transaction and product costs, convenience and greater anonymity for consumers. For example, people with limited mobility and people in remote areas are granted easier access to their meds with online pharmacies. Some online pharmacies provide additional offerings. For example, Medly provides free, same-day delivery, financial support, always-on customer service and confidential consultations with a licensed pharmacist.
You may want to try an online pharmacy for a number of reasons; convenience, privacy or cost savings. However, before ordering prescription medicine online, it is important to know whether you are using a safe online pharmacy. Some websites sell medicines that are dangerous or even deadly, so it’s important to protect your health by recognizing the signs of safe and unsafe online pharmacies.
Having trouble deciding between an online or brick-and-mortar pharmacy? Consider Medly Pharmacy, which provides the best of both online and brick-and-mortar pharmacy services.
All of our brick-and-mortar locations have local pharmacists, and our local teams - including delivery drivers, and support staff members - understand the unique needs of each speciality and region.
But Medly also goes above and beyond the traditional off-line pharmacy. We offer an entire host of services and benefits, including free, same-day delivery and online pharmacists for all your medication questions and pharmacy needs.
Visit Medly to see if we offer delivery in your area.