Sunday, September 27, 2009

Point and Click to Fill Your Online Prescriptions

The internet makes things so easy for everyone these days. You can easily research a term paper without going to the library or you can order your favorite book or CD online; heck, you can order hot pizza to be delivered to your door! However, filling online prescriptions through a web pharmacy is one of the best things that have happened on the internet in a long time. There are a variety of reasons why purchasing your medications is so easy and convenient.

Filling online prescriptions means saving gasoline and thereby saving money. Given the price of fuel these days, it can get quite expensive just running your errands, like stopping in at the pharmacy. However, by hooking up with a web drug store on the internet, you are saving money with your online prescriptions just by staying home. Of course, prices are also cheaper on the internet as well as there are no excessive marketing campaigns to pay for, no excessive rent, utilities and extra personnel, unlike a physical retail pharmacy location. Best of all, your medications and other ordered items are delivered right to your door. What a great convenience!
Convenience, beyond the money issue, is a big reason to look to the internet for filling your online prescriptions. Seniors may have some mobility issues and do best sticking close to home. Ordering their medications online can be a godsend to them. If you have a chronic health condition or injury that precludes you from traveling to and from a brick and mortar pharmacy, ordering online is a smart way to get the medications you need. Having your medications delivered straight to your door can make life so much easier.

A web pharmacy is more than just about filling online prescriptions. They also likely carry over the counter medications for headaches, body aches and stomach issues. Medical devices, vitamins, herbal supplements and other drugstore related paraphernalia are other purchase possibilities with an Online Pharmacy. If you need an Ace bandage or Band-aids, you can purchase them online at the same place too.

If you are a private person and have always tried to guard your privacy when visiting the neighborhood pharmacy, the web-based option is tailor made for you. You can purchase online prescriptions without having to disclose your personal business to the pharmacist or have someone overhear what medication you are taking. Internet ordering of your medications from a legitimate pharmacy means you can maintain your anonymity. You don't have to worry about your local neighborhood pharmacist knowing you take anti-depressants for a clinical condition or if you have problems in the bedroom, you won't wonder if your pharmacist is going to look at you funny for filling you Cialis Prescription for erectile dysfunction.

Instead of trying to squeeze in a trip to the pharmacy in your already busy day, you can order online prescriptions anytime day or night and this can be squeezed into whatever pocket of time you may have. You can order your medications before your morning cup of coffee or you can order them at three in the morning after a bout of insomnia. These web-based pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so they are ready when you are. Best of all, you could choose shipping that gets your online prescriptions delivered straight to your home in as little as 24 hours!

Before placing an order for your online prescriptions, first you will want to feel comfortable about the web-based pharmacy. For instance, is there a published address for the pharmacy as well as a toll-free or office number? Is talking with a pharmacist on-call an option should you have any questions? Do they require a doctor's prescription before shipping out medications? These are just a few things to watch out for before placing that first order. If the website only requests that you fill out a brief questionnaire and ask for a credit card number, without any legal proof that you have a prescription, steer clear.

Generic Drugs - can they overshadow branded Drugs

While miracles of modern medicine and brilliant pharmaceutical research have greatly improved quality of life and longevity, most of the time, these medicines are so expensive that a serious illness or accident can leave you quite broke! In such a situation, the increasing popularity of cheaper generic drugs among pharmacists is definitely something to smile about.

First, let us understand what generic drugs are. When a new drug is developed by a pharmaceutical company, it is immediately patented. These patents, typically, last for about 20 years. Once the patent expires, other pharmaceutical companies can, with permission from FDA, market an equivalent of the formula under its chemical or "generic" name. The generic drug must undergo stringent testing and meet strict standards set up in order to receive FDA approval. In a nutshell, FDA makes very sure that while there may be cosmetic or minor differences, the generic drug has essentially the same active ingredients, strength and dosage, labeling, and so on.

Consequently, Generic Drugs provide the same medicine as their branded counterparts, produce the same results, give the same relief; but, at a significantly lower cost. Statistically, generic drugs have definitely come of age, and are positioned to get more popular with every year. Sale of Generic drugs has been increasing by over 10% every year and, today, approx. 56% of all prescriptions dispensed(more than one billion) are generic - that is a huge growth, by any count. Of the top five pharmaceutical companies in USA today, based on the number of prescriptions dispensed, four are generic drug manufacturers, namely Novartis, Teva, Mylan and Watson. Of the approx. 11,000 drugs listed with FDA, 8400 have generic counterparts.

On an average, Generic Drugs cost between 30 to 80% less than their branded counterparts, saving US consumers $8 to $10 billion each year (study done by Congressional Budget Office). In order to compare costs of a generic drug vs. its branded counterpart, let us consider Cialis, a prescription drug used to treat Erectile Dysfunction. A pack of 20 pills of Generic Cialis (chemical name Tadalafil) 20mg costs approx. $160. Brand Cialis, for the same pack and strength, costs approx. $270. With the same benefits and same availability, why wouldn't you opt for the cheaper generic version of Cialis?

With an estimated growth of 13% predicted for the year 2006, generic drugs are definitely here to stay. With the huge savings they provide with no compromise in quality, and their increasing popularity among pharmacists, Generic Drugs are perfectly positioned to dominate the pharmaceuticals market and overshadow their more expensive branded counterparts.