Virtual pharmacies and the future

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Purchasing pills online is not necessarily a bitter pill.

Purchasing pills online is not necessarily a bitter pill.

With technology slowly taking over our lives, and human cashiers being replaced at supermarkets, can healthcare also become virtual and replace pharmacists? Digital companies such as Dokteronline say yes.

Online companies that sell prescription medicines have received a bad press due to the legitimacy of the company and quality of drugs. Caution is, of course, needed when buying medicines online. Yet, for an expat in a foreign country away from their usual health care service, digital pharmacies offering medical advice could be the way forward.

As an expat, you may find that a new lifestyle brings the frustration that health care abroad is not what you are used to. You may have not be able to see a doctor as quickly as you like. A language barrier may also be a problem for when you are discussing symptoms with a doctor, especially when you know the specific medicine you are usually prescribed.

Perhaps the future of medicine is in online pharmacies. Dokteronline allows you to use their certified doctors to help with your medical dilemmas, offering drugs for birth control, pain relief, slimming and antibiotics.

Better known as an online, or internet pharmacy, Dokteronline has been in operation since 2004 and has become the largest online pharmacy in Europe. It has become a trusted doctors consultation and pharmacy service using only official doctors and registered pharmacies.

Dokteronline's very own how to guide.

Dokteronline’s very own how to guide.

Purchases on drugs can only be made with a prescription from a registered doctor or GP. This is the difference between this company, and those that cannot be fully trusted. Payments to Dokteronline are also only made once the medicine has been received. The steps to using their service can be viewed here.

With the growth of legal online pharmacies, it is possible that, just like in supermarkets, there will be a mix of human cashiers and self-service checkouts. This may be the future of medicine, especially for those in a rush without the time to queue.