The General Pharmaceutical Council has written to pharmacists and owners of pharmacies with the GPhC’s voluntary internet pharmacy logo, amid ongoing patient safety concerns affecting the online sector.

Emails have been sent today to pharmacists and owners of pharmacies with the internet pharmacy logo across Great Britain, to make them aware of serious patient safety concerns we are continuing to identify relating to some online pharmacies and online prescribing services, and the action we’re taking in response.

More than 30% of open Fitness to Practise cases at the GPhC relate to online pharmacy – a disproportionate amount compared to other pharmacy service providers. The pharmacy regulator recognises there can be significant benefits for patients in using online services, whilst highlighting particular risks that must be managed.

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