Emphasizing Safety First - Drugstores
We have always turned to our local drugstore (or pharmacy) or selling and ensuring the safe use of medication. The first pharmacy can be traced to Muslim pharmacists in Baghdad in 754 A.D. while Muslim physicians were the first develop the practice of pharmacology. In the United States, two states claim to have opened the first drugstores in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1823 and Fredericksburg, Virginia during the Revolutionary War.
You can find drugstores in retail stores, hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, among many other places. Another place you can now find them is online with hundreds of both chain and independent pharmacies on the Web.
A global phenomenon
Drugstores are what pharmacies are commonly called in the United States. They are also referred to as retail pharmacies, chemists in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and apothecaries in other places. Here, health professionals can safely dispense drugs while acting as retailers as well. In your own neighborhood, pharmacies probably have retail storefronts with a dispensary where medicines are kept and distributed. The distribution of medication is controlled by strict legislation that enforces optimal storage conditions and equipment needed, among other regulations.
While there may be several drugstores in your neighborhood or any city in the world, online drug retailers are now providing another convenience to all medication consumers. Moreover, just like in any retail pharmacy, a trained pharmacy technician is required to dispense medicine to online customers. Online drug stores offer not only convenience but also privacy to their customers who donât want to let others know the kinds of medication they are going to purchase.
Your corner Drug Store
Drugstores today not only offer medication but also pose as groceries, offering additional household items that include cosmetics, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toilet paper, etc.), sweets and other food stuff. Due to this, many have earned a lot from the pharmacy industry that they have branched out and created a chain of drug stores. Whether they are in hospitals, in their own retail stores or online, drug store chains are dominating the field of dispensing medication.
A note of caution, however, a consumer should make sure that the medication dispensed by a drugstore should be correct with the right amount of dosage. This is especially true if you are buying online where drugs might be second class and pose a danger to minors since they donât require a prescription.