Zahra Ahmed considers how sales of online medicines are regulated to try and manage a growing modern-day risk to patient safety

 

The growth of online pharmacies and other forms of ‘distance selling’ pharmacies has surged exponentially in recent years. The covid-19 pandemic further accelerated the online pharmacy sector’s expansion to new levels, with increased demand for distance selling of medications.In December 2019, following an inquest into the death of 22-year-old Gemma MacDonald, who died of a mixed drug overdose after buying from two companies, a coroner raised concerns about the lack of rigorous checks and the availability of large amounts of drugs online.

These concerns are set out in the coroner’s Report to Prevent Future Deaths. The report questions whether online companies have appropriate checks of the wel...

Zahra Ahmed
Barrister
33 Bedford Row Chambers

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