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Purchasing pharmaceuticals only from pharmacies registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will help consumers to avoid counterfeit medicines. All pharmacies in Great Britain, including those providing interest services, must be registered with the GPhC.
The GPhC operates an internet pharmacy logo scheme to identify legitimate online pharmacies so that the public can be sure they are purchasing safe and genuine medicines online.
The GPhC Logo not only provides a visual means to help patients identify whether a website is connected to a registered pharmacy, but it will also provide a direct link to the GPhC website. By clicking on the GPhC Logo, visitors can verify the registration details of both the pharmacy and the pharmacist(s) behind the website. If you do choose to buy medicines over the internet, we suggest that you buy from a website that displays the GPhC logo and that you have verified the pharmacy is registered with the GPhC by clicking on the GPhC Logo.
In addition, when you are shopping for pharmaceuticals online, there are a number of signs that a particular pharmacy may not be reliable:
Medicines obtained from online pharmacies with one or more of these warning signs may not contain the active ingredients of the genuine product and thus be ineffective. Or, the medicines may contain entirely different active ingredients which may cause serious injury. In addition, pharmacies which are located overseas or which do not require a prescription have been known to be associated with organized crime and the personal and credit card information provided to the site may not be kept confidential or secure.
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