Online medicine purchase, a threat to patient’s life

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2017 11:50:59


By R S Parmar,

Senior Physician,Dr Pushraj Patel says that majority of times, person does not need a prescription to buy drugs online. They continue to self-medicate on the basis of symptoms, which is incorrect. Patients use the medicine for years and years, but when the complication arises or gets out of control, then they come to doctor’s clinic for treatment

In recent years, easy access to medicine through online literature has increased the practice of self-diagnosis.


Senior Physician, Dr Prashant of Government Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital says that some of the patients, who have developed the reaction in them, claimed that they have purchased the medicines from the e-commerce website. He further said, now, the easy availability of many drugs, which are to be sold through prescription of doctors, are available on many e-commerce websites. Surprisingly, many patients, in absence of knowing the proper mode of action of drugs and drug to drug interactions, are using anti depressant drugs and sleeping pills even before they have seen the doctor.


Senior Physician, Dr Pushraj Patel says that majority of times, person does not need a prescription to buy drugs online. They continue to self-medicate on the basis of symptoms, which is incorrect. Patients use the medicine for years and years, but when the complication arises or gets out of control, then they come to doctor’s clinic for treatment.


It is surprising that oral contraceptive pills (OCP) are being sold through e-commerce website, as such drugs are to be taken under medical supervision. According to the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, drugs cannot be sold without a license issued under the Act by the appropriate authority. Experts say, in the recent years, online marketing promotes fancy, lucrative advertisement, claiming to reduce the weight in limited period of time, consuming of such medicine without medical supervision could be injurious to health.

If, in any case, any side-effect would occur after consuming such medicine, the patient has no option left but to consult the nearest doctor as the delay in taking medication could be life threatening. In addition to the side-effects, people are also able to buy prescription drugs online, which normally are not sold over the counter for their potential to cause complication or enable drug abuse. When the Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) was asked over the sale of drugs in online website, he said, though the issue is concerned with Government, but said that medicines should not be sold without prescription.