Why E-Pharmacy Services Are the Future
Category: Prescription Related Questions
Posted on February 26, 2021
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Over the past two decades, we've watched e-commerce grow and thrive. Now, market predictions show e-pharmacy services becoming the next biggest thing in online purchasing habits.
What exactly is an e-pharmacy and why are e-pharmacies becoming a normal, crucial part of the day-to-day lives of so many Canadians and Americans?
What long-time e-pharmacy clients have always known is that buying your prescriptions from an e-pharmacy can save you hundreds of dollars every year. What we're learning from the increasing reliance on digital shopping and the Coronavirus pandemic is that e-pharmacies offer solutions that brick and mortar pharmacies can't match.
To learn more about e-pharmacies and why we can expect to see them dominate the pharmaceutical purchasing field in the near future, keep reading.
What, Exactly, Is an e-Pharmacy?
First thing's first: before we explain why e-pharmacies are the healthcare solution of the future, let's talk about what, exactly, they are.
e-pharmacies are a lot like regular pharmacies. When you head to a brick and mortar pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, you are required to show a prescription in order to receive your medication. You might bring it with you and return at a later time to pick up your filled prescription or you might have your doctor fax it over in advance.
The primary difference between an e-pharmacy and a brick and mortar pharmacy? With an e-pharmacy, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home. At PricePro Pharmacy, we allow you to place your order over the phone or online via our live chat function.
It is worth noting that for the safety of our clients, PricePro Pharmacy does not carry all prescription medications. Higher risk or potentially addictive medications may not be available, as we believe that it is important to have thorough, face-to-face discussions about these medications before taking them.
That being said, you'll find tons of popular medications in our e-Pharmacy, from Viagra to Chantix. Whenever possible, we offer generic options to increase your savings even more.
Now that you know what an e-pharmacy is, let's take a look at why e-pharmacies are growing in popularity.
Why Are e-Pharmacy Services the Future of Healthcare?
More and more clients are heading online to fill their prescriptions and this shift to e-pharmacy services is here to stay. Read on to find out why purchasing prescriptions through an e-pharmacy may be the solution you didn't know you needed!
Hundreds of Dollars of Savings
Americans, in particular, are up against a seriously faulty healthcare system. The average American spends over $1,200 a year on the prescriptions they need to maintain their health and live a full, happy life. That number doesn't reflect how much you may end up spending if you need multiple medications year-round or don't have access to good health insurance.
e-pharmacies are able to keep their costs low, charging as much as 80% less than American pharmacies for popular, high-demand medications. How is this possible?
As we mentioned earlier, we try to make generic medications available as often as possible. Because generic medications did not involve costly studies and research, they cost a fraction of what name brand medications cost.
e-pharmacies also don't have to pay as many employees or spend as much on physical locations as brick and mortar pharmacies do. Because we ship to cities all over Canada and the US, we can provide your pharmaceutical needs from a small number of actual, physical locations, meaning less overhead for us.
Plus, at PricePro Pharmacy, we scour the internet for medication coupons that you can apply to your medication right from our website!
Easy Access to Licensed Pharmacists
You may not have to head to a brick and mortar location to fill your prescriptions with an e-pharmacy, but that doesn't mean that you're not dealing with reliable, licensed pharmacists. If you wish to speak with a licensed pharmacist to discuss your medication and potential side effects, you can do that easily! All you have to do is call our Customer Rep hotline and ask to schedule a consultation with one of our many licensed pharmacists who will get back to you as soon as possible.
No-Contact Prescription Filling
If there's one thing that the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us, it's that sometimes, no-contact is better than face-to-face encounters. In fact, we've seen a huge increase in Canadian and American clients in the past nine months as more and more people look for ways to limit their exposure in their daily lives.
Of course, the pandemic won't last forever. Will limiting your contact with other people still matter?
Ultimately, we've all learned the importance of slowing the spread of viruses of all kinds. No matter what happens after the pandemic, we will always face things like flu season! Being able to get your medications without exposing yourself to viruses (and even the common cold) is always a good option to have.
Live-Chat Features for Assistance
Some consumers shy away from online shopping because they prefer having assistance when they need it. Not everyone wants to put something in their cart and buy it without talking to a representative at first, and we can understand why!
At PricePro Pharmacy, we offer live-chat features to ensure that all of our clients feel comfortable and informed. Whether you have questions about pricing, insurance, or our prescription filling process, someone is always ready to answer.
Have questions outside of our customer service working hours? No problem! Send us an email or leave us a voicemail and someone will answer you first thing in the morning.
Insurance Reimbursement for US Clients
Unfortunately, Canadian e-pharmacies are not yet equipped to take US insurance. However, that doesn't mean that you can't get your prescriptions at an affordable cost.
Between our low-cost medications and coupons, many US clients find our pricing to remain competitive in spite of our inability to take insurance. This makes PricePro Pharmacy a great solution for anyone who finds themselves temporarily uninsured but still in need of filling their prescriptions.
If you do have health insurance, you may still be able to get the cost of your prescriptions covered when purchasing them through an e-pharmacy. After completing your transaction, send a copy of your receipt to your insurance and inquire about reimbursement. While not all insurance companies will comply, many will gladly cover the reduced cost of prescriptions filled through e-pharmacy services.
Steady Supply to Meet the Demand
Have you ever tried to purchase a medication, whether it's prescription or OTC, only to discover that your pharmacy is out of stock? It can be very unnerving to be unable to access the medications that you need. For patients across the globe, this issue became more pressing during the pandemic as more and more people began to panic-stock everything from pain killers to insulin.
Oftentimes, these shortages are localized to a specific area, whether it's a state or a city. e-pharmacies allow you to outsource your medication needs. In fact, many of our first-time clients come to us in exactly this quandary and end up sticking with us when they find out how many other benefits we can offer!
No More Waiting Around
Do you feel like you rarely find the time to relax, explore your hobbies, and recharge? If so, you're not alone. A recent study found that on average, our American friends have an estimated four hours of free time per week.
For individuals who are in school, working multiple jobs, or providing care for children or elderly loved ones, free time is especially important. Who wants to spend unnecessary time waiting for a prescription refill when you could simply place an order online and let your medications come to you?
In an age where time is more valuable than ever, e-pharmacies provide an important time-saving solution.
How Can You Find a Safe and Reliable e-Pharmacy?
If you are new to e-pharmacy services, you may feel a bit skeptical. Is it really safe and reliable to have prescriptions filled online and sent to your door?
Let's take a look at some of the factors you should look for to ensure that your e-pharmacy is a trustworthy place providing top-notch pharmaceutical care.
You couldn't walk into a brick and mortar pharmacy and purchase a non-OTC medication without a prescription. When it comes to e-pharmacies, that same rule should always apply.
If an online pharmacy allows you to purchase medications without a prescription that you otherwise could not get over the counter, do not make any purchases with them. This is an unethical practice that indicates that there may be more red flags, like poor cybersecurity and unverified medications. Always look for an e-pharmacy that requires prescriptions from a certified medical practitioner.
Third-Party Certification of Good Business Practices
Some of the distrust you may feel for e-pharmacies is rooted in very valid problems. Recent studies found that of the dozens of trustworthy e-pharmacies that have been in business for the past several years, there are even more that are operating in unprofessional and unethical ways.
In order to protect consumers, PharmacyChecker was developed in the mid-2000s. If an e-pharmacy is PharmacyChecker certified, that means that it has been thoroughly vetted by a third-party agency. PricePro Pharmacy is proud to be PharmacyChecker certified, and we maintain our certification by working with only the most qualified individuals and selling well-researched and approved medications.
Personal Information Protection
One major concern you should always have when shopping online is whether or not your personal information is protected by an online business. This is especially true when it comes to e-pharmacies who are handling sensitive medical information.
PricePro Pharmacy is verified by both Trust Guard and Norton. We do not release any of your medical information to outside sources and we protect your payment information, as well. When you purchase your medications with PricePro Pharmacy, you can rest assured that all of your personal information is protected and your privacy is intact.
Satisfaction Guarantee, No Questions Asked
Customer service is something that all businesses should prioritize, even if it comes at a cost to their bottom line. You should be able to make purchases knowing that if you are not 100% satisfied, your money will be returned to you, no questions asked.
PricePro Pharmacy offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee to all of our clients, both new and established. What does this mean?
If you are not happy with your experience with PricePro Pharmacy, you can return your medications through the mail for proper and safe disposal. We will issue a full refund upon receiving your shipment. We never want any of our clients to feel that they have spent money and not received what they are due, whether that relates to our service or your medications.
See How an e-Pharmacy Can Change Your Prescription Buying Habits Today
We've learned a lot during the Coronavirus pandemic, from how much we once took health and hygiene for granted to the importance of easy access to necessities. In the process, e-pharmacy services became more popular, and all predictions indicate that that surge in trust and reliance is here to stay.
If you're ready to switch to online pharmacy services, it's important that you work with an e-pharmacy that you can trust. PricePro Pharmacy is PharmacyChecker certified and we go out of our way to operate with full transparency. If you have any questions about our medications, pricing, or process, contact us today.