Home > Ask Our Experts > Can I Obtain a Prescription Elsewhere other Than Through my Doctor?

Can I Obtain a Prescription Elsewhere other Than Through my Doctor?

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 3 Jan 2014 | comments*Discuss
 
Can I Obtain A Prescription Elsewhere Other Than Through My Doctor?

Q.My own GP is off work ill and I have run out of sleeping pills (zopiclone). I would like to obtain a proper prescription from an online dr/pharmacy for a small quantity of sleeping pills that I can buy online. How can I do this please?

(A.M, 16 September 2008)

A.

Have you previously had a prescription for the sleeping pills? If so, it should be possible to obtain another from the locum who’s deputising for your doctor, and that might well be the best course for you.

There are many online pharmacies that will not only fill prescriptions, but also offer them, if you want to follow that route. You’ll probably have to fill out a simple form and then place your order. Many sites say they employ a doctor to vet and authorise the prescriptions, and doubtless some do.

Most pharmacies; however, are simply retail outlets, and many are essentially unregulated, depending where in the world they’re located. For all that many pharmacies claim to be in Canada or the US, they’re actually in Eastern Europe or Asia, where there’s absolutely no regulation on their activities. That, really, brings the problem and the danger. For all that the pills might look and be marked like the real thing, you actually have no way of knowing that they’re legitimate. Believe it or not, there’s a massive market in counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Many are made with ineffective or possibly even harmful ingredients – short of having them analysed, there’s no way to be sure what’s in them, and often the packaging is very convincing.

If that’s not enough to make you think twice, how about this: you’re paying by credit card, and you really have no idea who’s getting those details. If it’s run by criminals, and it might well be if it’s in Asia or Eastern Europe, you’ve just given them your name, address, possibly phone number and credit card details, which leaves you very open to identity theft or abuse of your card – hardly a comforting thought, is it?

Just in case that’s not enough, if the pharmacy you use if owned by criminals, then your purchase is indirectly supporting organised crime and possibly terrorism. Looked at in that regard, it becomes much harder to justify using the Internet to order prescribed drugs.So yes, it’s as easy as going online and selecting a pharmacy, but the implications run much deeper. You’re better off in every way going through your own doctor’s surgery.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
i need a prescription for trasgender female hormones to change my gender
lee - 16-Dec-11 @ 10:13 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • M.U.
    Re: Vishing Scam
    Partner received text from Royal Mail requesting money for settlement of £2.99 on the following link: http://bit.ly/35G8D8U. Before they would deliver…
    13 January 2020
  • M.U.
    Re: Vishing Scam
    My partner has received a text saying " Your Royal Mail Parcel is due for delivery. Please confirm the settlement of £2.99(GBP) on the following…
    13 January 2020
  • Tiny
    Re: Vishing Scam
    I've received a text message saying it's from Royal Mail, it says there is an item waiting to be collected its gives a http link the rest of the text…
    16 December 2019
  • silvi
    Re: Safe Travel Gigolos
    Girls, never, never pay anything for a men...., it is the otherway around, they should be paying for everything, or, at least, sharing all…
    7 December 2019
  • Bandason
    Re: Vishing Scam
    I have been receiving emails saying I have sumsung galaxy s10 at one of the depots to say thank you for reaching a certain amount of parcels I…
    21 November 2019
  • Sensei
    Re: Sky TV Scam
    Had a call from 01571981092 supposedly from sky. The man on the other end obviously of another country informed me that my broadband was running low.…
    14 November 2019
  • Jane
    Re: Sky TV Scam
    Just had third phone call from 01604899316. Telling me I was due a refund of £205. I have never had sky. They gave a name and address of the previous…
    11 November 2019
  • Fred_UK
    Re: Sky TV Scam
    We have just had the same thing happen. On speaking with the bank, they have stated that the scammer could set up Direct Debits and maybe standing…
    30 October 2019
  • JohnG
    Re: Sky TV Scam
    Had a call from 01582544397 saying it was Sky TV and that our current box was to be upgraded free of charge and when I said I didn't want to our…
    19 October 2019
  • Mickyladd
    Re: Sky TV Scam
    I received a text msg stating that I had a refund of £1.12 and to click on the link provided which would take me to the sky team to confirm my bank…
    12 September 2019