While the traditional drugstores have continued to be the preferred option over the counter drug distribution center, the Internet pharmacies are soon catching up with their popularity. Unlike a decade back, today Internet penetration is around 70% in the United States. More and more people are increasingly relying on the Internet to carry on their transactions. Customers find it easier to order online rather than going all the way and queuing up in front of the nearest drugstore. Patients with severe disabilities and those who are bedridden due to an illness find it difficult to reach the local drugstore to get the medicines. With an online pharmacy, they can now conveniently order drugs without moving out of their residence. Though convenience is a key factor that has given the web-based pharmacies an edge over the local drugstores, there are other factors as well that has collectively contributed to the increasing popularity of Internet pharmacies.
The cost of drugs is on a rise. Patients requiring such expensive drugs over a long period of time feel the pinch more than anybody else. The Internet pharmacies, particularly those based in Canada, offer drugs at discounted prices. The Canadian government has regulated the price of prescription drugs sold in their market; furthermore the low value of Canadian dollar along with time-to-time discounts has made drugs a lot cheaper in the Canadian market.
Most patients do not want their medical status to be revealed in the public. Local drugstores operate in public and thus such confidentiality is difficult to be maintained. Online pharmacies on the other hand practice a far more secure mode of operation. The patient’s details supplied to them during the course of a transaction are kept secure and confidential. Once the order is placed, the drugs are delivered straight to the patient’s doorsteps.
Amazing discounts, low cost, security of patient’s information, good quality and above all the degree of convenience associated with an internet pharmacy has made them a preferred alternative for the patients. Over a period of time online pharmacies (particularly Canada drug pharmacy) are likely to become the most sought after distribution point for prescription medicines.