Safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs
The rise of the new technology, especially the internet has given us a whole new world. Who would have thought that we would be living in a more convenient way? With the internet, we can see and read everything. We even go shopping, avail of services, pay our bills, check facts, watch videos, communicate, and so many other things and many of them were never available in the past. Indeed, the world we are living now is so much exciting. But it does not come with no price. As much as it has so many good things to offer to us, it also has risks and disadvantages.
For instance, with the help of internet, many people can purchase prescription drugs from online doctors. This has been a great help to a lot of people. However, it can also raise some safety concerns and can be dangerous. One reason is the fact that not everything happening online can be easily traced. It is also very easy to get fooled with lies from people or even to falsify some important documents. These things can lead to danger. Thus, stricter regulations need to be imposed on these online doctors.
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It comes after a BBC Panorama investigation exposed safety concerns relating to websites using doctors from companies based outside England.
The Care Quality Commission said these websites could be “dangerous”.
Currently, it can only inspect websites employing doctors contracted by companies in England.
Former doctor Julian Eden set up the UK’s first online doctor service called E-Med nearly 20 years ago. In 2009 he was struck off after prescribing through the service to a 16-year-old boy and a woman who became addicted to prescription drugs.
Five years later, together with his now wife, he set up another company called EuroRX, a doctor hire company based in Romania.
Mr Eden can no longer prescribe drugs, but the doctors contracted by his Romanian company can.
Panorama put the quality of the service provided by his doctors to the test with the help of some volunteers. The programme asked them to see if they could buy drugs their own GPs would be highly unlikely to prescribe to them..
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