A poll has revealed that three-quarters of pharmacists believe buying medicines online has become more common. ITV's Daybreak's Michelle Morrison reports.
- People are too embarrassed to visit a GP and get a prescription (56%).
- People can get hold of medication quicker without having to get a prescription (56%).
- 2.3 million doses of unlicensed medicines were seized by the MHRA in conjunction with the UK Border Force, including 68,000 doses of counterfeit medicines
- The MHRA said more than 384 websites were suspended in the UK and a further 120 domain names were shut down
- 50% of pharmacists know customers who have admitted getting prescription-only medicines through illicit online sources
- 85% of respondents strongly agreed there are health risks by bypassing the legitimate healthcare system
- 73% of pharmacists felt that over recent years, there has been a rise in the number of people getting prescription-only medicine online.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced that in the past five years, officials have seized more than £34m worth of medicine supplied illegally.
A group of health organisations have launched the Real Danger campaign to raise awareness about the risks of buying prescription medicines online through unregulated channels without a prescription.
Officials warned that unlicensed or fake medicines could contain harmful ingredients such as arsenic and could potentially be lethal.
More and more people are buying medicines online without a prescription, according to pharmacists.
A poll by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and pharmaceutical company Pfizer reveals that three-quarters of pharmacists believe it has become more common.
Out of 650 pharmacists questioned, almost half knew of a customer who had turned to the internet to get hold of a medicine.