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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.”

Comments

Epinephrine 10 years, 2 months 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!!

Au_contraire 10 years, 2 months 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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