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    • the reductionist
    • By the reductionist 6th Aug 18, 3:01 PM
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    Online pharmacies
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    • 6th Aug 18, 3:01 PM
    Online pharmacies 6th Aug 18 at 3:01 PM
    Hi


    My father has just been told that if he wants his usual prescribed statin it will cost him around 40 per month as it is now too expensive for the NHS to use. He has had serious reactions to other statins in the past so would like to keep taking the same one. I have found this online for a fraction of the price but am worried about buying medication online. Does anyone have experience of these online pharmacies - are they legit and regulated?


    Many thanks
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    • ManAtHome
    • By ManAtHome 6th Aug 18, 4:56 PM
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    Info about registration etc https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/registration/internet-pharmacy
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 6th Aug 18, 7:21 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 7:21 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 7:21 PM
    Make sure you budget for the cost of obtaining a private prescription for the statin as well. Personally, I wouldn't touch an overseas pharmacy.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 6th Aug 18, 7:43 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 7:43 PM
    I've used veterinary ones with confidence as many are run by checkable vets. Human ones are not as easy to check though I think Manor Pharmacies are a UK company, have shops and do pet prescriptions too.


    For my pets I used to save a lot of money,buying online,when prescriptions had to be given free of charge, but the saving has plummeted as vets can now charge. Of course doctors always have charged for what is private work.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 6th Aug 18, 9:00 PM
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    Human ones are not as easy to check
    Originally posted by teddysmum
    See post 2. Reputable pharmacies will have a green click-through symbol to check their registration.
    • LilTerryWhite
    • By LilTerryWhite 7th Aug 18, 8:02 AM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 8:02 AM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 8:02 AM
    I had a bad delivery experience when ordering, so I can't really advise them. But I have a few friends who are very satisfied, so it's up to you.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 7th Aug 18, 12:47 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 12:47 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 12:47 PM
    I get my regular NHS repeat prescriptions through Pharmacy2U without major issue, but never used a private prescription.
    • Timpu
    • By Timpu 7th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 1:36 PM
    Hi


    My father has just been told that if he wants his usual prescribed statin it will cost him around 40 per month as it is now too expensive for the NHS to use. He has had serious reactions to other statins in the past so would like to keep taking the same one. I have found this online for a fraction of the price but am worried about buying medication online. Does anyone have experience of these online pharmacies - are they legit and regulated?


    Many thanks
    Originally posted by the reductionist
    Who has told your father this? His GP? His Pharmacist? The reason I ask is because I had trouble tolerating generic meds and on speaking with my GP they put me on branded stuff, the prescription gets marked as such. (Long story short, I'm now on a more consistent generic make.)

    I use DrugsDirect and have been for about a year now. No problems at all and they're good at letting you know if there is any problem in fulfilling the prescription.
    • the reductionist
    • By the reductionist 8th Aug 18, 8:42 PM
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    • 8th Aug 18, 8:42 PM
    Will try and get to the bottom of this as have been told that brand names are insignificant as the active ingredient is identical so price is the only factor for the NHS?

    Think it was GP who has told him this but will check.

    Will have a look at DrugsDirect as well.
    • steve_blake1490667
    • By steve_blake1490667 9th Aug 18, 12:59 PM
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    I've used both Dr Fox and Lloyds Pharmacy in the past and had medications delivered without issues. They are both legit online pharmacies and have the green 'click to verify if this website is operating legally' box on their website.



    https://www.doctorfox.co.uk/

    http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/
    • Timpu
    • By Timpu 9th Aug 18, 7:54 PM
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    Will try and get to the bottom of this as have been told that brand names are insignificant as the active ingredient is identical so price is the only factor for the NHS?

    Think it was GP who has told him this but will check.

    Will have a look at DrugsDirect as well.
    Originally posted by the reductionist
    While the active ingredients may be identical the other bits that go in may not be. Additives are needed to some meds to keep the compounds stable, make it easier to swallow, mask horrid tastes etc. Strangely I find E45 cream stings like billy-o but cheap aqueous cream is generally fine. Same active ingredients but different additives to form the final product.
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