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Safety of online digital pharmacy providers: a review analysis across the United Kingdom and France

Hanine Estephan

Online pharmacies enabled consumers to obtain prescription medications with a click of a button. While some countries such as UK and US are trying to regulate these providers, France decided to ban them. A systematic review was carried out to assess the level of safety and effectiveness of these online providers in the UK, and France. Electronic searches were conducted to identify active legal and illegal providers in these two countries. Multiple databases were searched including: pubmed, Care Quality Commission online database, general pharmaceutical council, and DREES (des données de la Direction de la recherche, des études, de l'évaluation et des statistiques (DREES). Our analysis suggests that existing regulations should be revised; ongoing frequent inspection is to be advised and stricter control measures should be implemented to ensure the delivery of safe and effective services. Providers offering high quality and safe services should be further promoted and rewarded.

Biography: Dr. Hanine Estephan has completed her PhD & Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University T-Chan School of Public Health in 2011. Prior to joining Harvard Hanine earned a master’s degree in health management & Policy. She is currently Director at an online digital provider working across 6 Europeans countries. Dr Estephan have presented previous studies in many international conferences.