Pharmacists back GP warning on internet drugs

Pharmacists have urged patients to be aware of the risks when purchasing medicines online, following an exclusive GP newspaper story.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) published a response after GP revealed yesterday that one in four GPs had treated patients for adverse reactions to medicines bought online.

David Pruce, RPSGB director of policy, said: ‘It is never a good idea to take a prescription medicine without a valid prescription. The medicine may not be suitable for you and could result in unpleasant side-effects or serious health risks. You should always discuss any health concerns with your GP or pharmacist.

‘At the end of this month all pharmacies in Great Britain will be sent a 2-sided postcard which they have been asked to distribute in prescription bags, targeting products which have previously been counterfeited in the UK. It gives advice to patients on what counterfeit medicine is, how to minimise the risk of buying fakes and what to do if they think they've been sold counterfeits.'

GP's exclusive story was covered by media including the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sky News, the Metro, BBC Health online, BBC Radios 1, 4 and 5, Channel 4 News, RTE and a host of other local TV, radio and press.



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