Buying medicines online
How safe is online shopping for medicines? Find out more.
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Keep track of medicines and access important health info any time and anywhere, especially in emergencies.
Buying medicines online from the comfort of your own home may sound like a good idea. But buying medicine on the internet can put you at risk. This is because:
Make sure you tell your health professional about all the medicines you take.
No medicine is 100% safe.
You can trust many websites that sell medicines, but not others.
Some websites sell out-of-date, low-quality medicines that may not have the right ingredients. Sorting out the ‘good’ sites from the ‘bad’ ones isn't always easy.
If you choose to buy medicines online, read on to know what to look for.
If you are thinking of buying medicines online, look for the website pages called ‘About us’ or ‘FAQs’. FAQs stands for frequently asked questions. These pages should give you more information about the site you are buying from.
Check for online reviews from other customers. See if there are any alerts or complaints.
Find out more about the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
There are reasons to be careful of overseas websites:
Any site that sends you prescription medicines without first receiving a prescription from a doctor is breaking Australian law.
Never buy from sites that sell prescription medicines without a prescription.
These will not be trusted pharmacies and buying from them is a serious risk.
Buying non-prescription medicines from these sites can also be risky.
Be careful of wild claims. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
With medicines, be careful of prices that are much cheaper than you expect. Be careful if the website says that its medicines are better or stronger than what you can buy in Australia.
For complementary medicines, ‘natural’ or herbal products:
The TGA issues warnings about many of these products every year.
Medicines from overseas that are not regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can have serious risks. They may:
The TGA has a very good system for making sure medicines you can buy in Australia are safe and good quality.
Find out more about how medicines are approved for use in Australia
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