Online Medicine: How doctors and Pharmacists use the Internet

The Internet has changed almost every single aspect of our lives in a ridiculously short amount of time, and the crazy thing is that in the grand scheme of things the Internet is only an infant.

All corners of the globe are now accessible to anyone and everyone with a web connection. Never before has it been possible to not only reach out and instantly communicate with ANYONE literally ANYWHERE – 100% free of charge in most cases, too – but it’s also never been possible to research anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know, either.

And while the overwhelming majority of folks take advantage of this power online to forward one another cute cat pictures and funny videos online, professionals in the medical world are leveraging the web to transform modern medicine in a way that no one could have ever anticipated.

Sharing critical information has never been this easy or this instant

Medical research is incredibly valuable, but in the past major medical research studies were always limited and handicapped by a variety of different factors.

Money was obviously one issue (and like everything else there isn’t ever enough money for these kinds of studies), but medical research teams were also limited by the research and the technology that they had access to themselves. This led to multiple teams of medical experts all over the world working on the same problems with different technology, different rates of progress, and a lot of redundant research that could have been shortcut and fast tracked with better communication.

Today, thanks to the web, those problems are decidedly problems of the past.

Modern medical research moves forward at a lightning like pace, thanks to the collaborative nature of the medical community and all of the collaborative tools and technology that make it easier than ever – and faster, too – to share critical information, research, and breakthroughs with medical research teams all over the world.

Now individual research groups can pool their resources together, pull in the same direction, and come up with new solutions, new answers, and new medical interventions much faster than before. These are very exciting times!

The consumer can better utilize the web and modern medicine as well

The rise of legitimate and licensed online pharmacies today has also helped to streamline the process of procuring powerful pharmaceutical painkillers and other prescription drugs, all while making the prices on these medications drop like a stone as well.

Major licensing initiatives in the United Kingdom (and around the rest of the world as well) have helped to completely legitimize this industry in the exact same way that traditional pharmacies are. This gives consumers a lot of confidence that they need when they make these kinds of purchases.

Rather than worrying about whether or not the prescription drugs you’re going to receive from an online pharmacy are the “real deal”, purchasing from a legitimate licensed online pharmacy is just like ordering these kinds of drugs from the corner shop – though often times much, much cheaper.

Pharmacists are also able to leverage online technology to better serve their customers and their patients, but can share information and resources with drug companies and other pharmacists faster than ever before as well. This improves the amount of information about powerful but potentially dangerous prescription drugs available to legitimate pharmacists, and they are able to better inform the medical community that may otherwise not be quite as “in the loop” as they are.

The roller coaster that codeine has gone through is a prime example of this kind of information sharing only possible thanks to the Internet. Previously to 2012 codeine was thought to be one of the most reliable, powerful, and proven to be effective prescription medications available as far as painkillers are concerned.

Today, however, pharmacists and the medical community unlike understand that there is a lot of baggage attached to these pain control and pain relief opioids. The side effects and potential long-term symptoms (including addiction) of using codeine have now been widely shared throughout the medical community thanks to the web, so much so that the World Health Organization removed codeine from its list of recommended painkillers in 2012. That said codeine does work and it is especially effective when combined with paracetamol. This combination is called co-codamol and is available over the counter in the UK from pharmacies although in the UK you will need to ask the pharmacist and you will not get the full prescription strength version. To get the full-strength co-codamol containing 500mg of paracetamol and 30mg of codeine, you will have to get a prescription. However, this is possible in the UK over the internet where you can buy 30/500 co-codamol online. Just be sure you order it through a genuine online pharmacy that will supply the real deal. This one here can also provide you with a prescription meaning that you can actually buy co-codamol with no prescription.

It’ll be exciting to see how the modern medical community, including doctors and pharmacists, continue to leverage everything that the Internet has to offer in the years to come!