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Will prescription drug sales over the Internet eventually threaten pharmacists’ business?

Asked at Checkers, 2300 La. on March 7, 2005

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Photo of Donnetta Kessler

“Yeah, insurance companies are dominating that issue. I already have to mail-order my prescription.”

Photo of Tom Wood

“No, because there will always be a segment of the population that needs personal attention - especially seniors.”

Photo of Lisa Jefferson

“I guess it could go both ways. People are probably always going to buy from pharmacies as well as the Internet. I don’t think it’s really that big of a threat.”

Photo of Jason Talawyma

“It would be better for me if I ordered over the Internet. It might hurt pharmacists a little bit, but not too much.”

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Epinephrine 9 years, 1 month ago

We also need to take into account that these medications are dangerous and even kill people. It is not like buying a TV over the internet, there are side effects, drug interactions, and other considerations that need to be made. It is estimated about 20% of all hospital admissions are related to medication events as described before.

Do you want a non-skilled person just giving you the med and say "good luck!!" I personally will pay a little more for expertise and be same. It is my own health insurance.

Also, why does Lipitor 10 mg for 90 tabs cost an average of $233 in the US but the same thing costs $128 in Australia. It is because the government controls and takes competitive bids for meds in that country. If you watch the world prices of med (I do) you will notice when the US prices go up, the world prices go down. We are all paying for the profit with these medications (along with all the advertising we see everyday)

Too much politics involved and not enough taking care of people!! Don't think so, look at what the FDA seized today.....no political pressure there!!

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smitty 9 years, 1 month ago

Not if they adapt to the changes and progress of an ever changing society. What makes this issue any different than anyone elses ability to learn how to cope with the rapidly changing technology influences?

Let the phamacist/pharmacy world make their money on those that are locked into using a local purveyor, such as recipients of SSDI or other government programs. Let the pharmacist learn to blend and dispense specialty naturalpathic meds. Let the phamcist grow with the times and they will not only survive but give our society a greater choice in health care.

The times they are a changing.

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The_Original_Bob 9 years, 1 month ago

Wouldn't pharmacists still have to fill the prescriptions? Just because the drugs would be sold over the internet doesn't mean Phizer and Merck can hire a bunch of illegal aliens at $1.25/hr. to pack pills in a bottle. Also, if I have an infection or virus I'm not going to wait a day or two to wait for my meds to come in the mail. I'm not sure pharmacists would lose jobs or business. The model might change to where they would not go to work at Walgreen's or Osco but instead someplace where they would not interact with customers personally.

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kns 9 years, 1 month ago

Well, through the use of the Internet, I guess drugs will go straight from the manufacturer to the consumer, is that it? Do I understand it correctly? If so, then, yes, I do believe that in the long run pharmacists will be hurt by this move. There will be less of a need for them, or so it would seem.

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Au_contraire 9 years, 1 month ago

I simply need to get my lithium any way I can get it. Preferably cheaper.

"But like other recently approved traffic-calming devices, city officials have not identified a way to pay for the improvements."

That makes two of us.

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