Consumers should compare prices before buying medicines online

Consumers should compare prices before buying medicines onlineMunich - Consumers should always compare prices before buying medicines online, a test by the Munich-based computer magazine Chip concluded.

Many over-the-counter medicines were half as expensive online as in traditional pharmacies, the magazine found. But others hardly differed in price at all.

Using a group of frequently purchased medicines, the test compared the prices of six online vendors with those of traditional pharmacies. On average, Chip said, the prices of the online pharmacies were 20 to 25 per cent lower, not including shipping costs.

The magazine advised consumers to check a vendor's trustworthiness and checking whether the website had the following information: the mailing address; the names of the managing director and the pharmacist; the competent regulatory authority; the commercial court; the chamber of pharmacists; and the taxpayer identification code. (dpa)

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