The new big thing in the pharmaceutical industry is that you can have your prescriptions filled online. You still need to get them from your doctor to prove that you really need the drugs and medications, but you can order those things over the Internet when you have the paperwork to back it up. This was a natural progression of how the Internet would work, seeing as how you can buy almost anything else online, and it is now changing the industry. In many ways, this is a very good thing for people in New York City, where the service is available.
To start with, if you get a prescription filled online in NYC, you eliminate the main complaint that people have about pharmacies, which is that they are usually only open during normal business hours. This is great for someone who does not have a job, but it puts all of the employed people in the city in a hard position. How are they supposed to get to the pharmacy when they have to be at work? Do they really have to take time off just to go get a prescription filled? That sounds ridiculous, but it is what some people have been forced to do.
With an online pharmacy, though, there are no hours. The people working for the site may work normal hours, of course, but you can place your order any time that you want to do so. If you would like to put in the order as soon as you get home from work, it will be at the front of the line to be filled the next morning. If you forget about it until that morning, you can spend just a few minutes before you leave for work and get the prescription in so that it ships out the next day.
Another advantage of shopping online is that pharmacies cannot push through prices that are over inflated, knowing that people have no choice but to buy the medicine from them. Many local pharmacies have been guilty of doing this. For one thing, people need the drugs to live happy and healthy lives, so they are going to buy them. For another, people do not have time to run across town looking for better prices. The pharmacies could add a few dollars to the price of everything and then start making a lot extra off of people who had no choice in the matter, taking advantage of their customers.
The Internet does not let this happen. There are just too many other options. There is too much competition. Of course, the pharmacy could set any online prices that it wanted, but absurdly high prices are just going to push people to the competition. They could check the prices at ten different pharmacies in just a few minutes, when that would have taken all day by taxi, checking physical stores. This very real competition in price has been good for consumers, who can now find many deals.