While online shopping has taken off in India, internet shopping for medicines/drugs is yet to see wide scale adoption given the audience’s skepticism.
A number of online pharmacies have mushroomed over the past few years who are incentivizing customers to buy medicines online with huge discounts & special offers.
Buying medicines online is not too different from buying at a chemist store, plus online pharmacies provide not just convenience but a wide range of choices coupled with attractive discounts.
Additionally innovative features such as automated monthly medicine re-ordering saves consumers the trouble to remember to buy or order every month and a majority of them also offer healthcare services.
If you are planning to buy medicines or prescription drugs online, following are the 12 best online pharmacies of 2018 that you should give a try.
Their tagline – India ki pharmacy is what would welcome you to their portal. They offer up to 20 per cent discount on most of their listed products.
The navigation is easy and offers convenience to shop for various medicines based on the illnesses. You can even shop for beauty care products and surgical supplies.
The prescription drugs are available via search on their catalogue. Payment is easy and so is the delivery. You can even track your order and download their app.
With a claim of having the largest collection of medicines online, 1MG was originally called HeathKartPlus.
They have over 1 crore users and offer free home sample pickups for tests and free online chats with qualified doctors.
Their comparison features helps take decision regarding health checkup packages and finding substitutes of medicines.
3. Just Relief
justrelief.com is a one-stop destination for pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services.
You can opt to buy your prescription medicines online from here at a discounted price. Besides buying medicines, you can even book for healthcare services including home vaccination services for your little ones.
Their medical store is well equipped to take care of your varied medical needs – from buying Over the Counter (OTC) drugs to prescribed medicines to even ayurvedic medicines and herbs.
Buying lifestyle medicines is easy on the portal with thoughtful categorization such as medicines for weight management, diabetes, sexual wellness, oral care etc.
Practo is the go-to app for booking doctor consultations and lab appointments. Recently, the company launched its online pharmacy to cater to 100 cities across India including, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Pune, Chennai, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad.
At present, there are over 40,000 medicines available for online orders on the app. Practo has also tied up with local drug stores and pharmacies to make doorstep prescription delivery fast and hassle-free.
Just upload your prescription using your phone camera and the app will auto-generate prescribed medicines.
Not only for medicines, but BookMeds is also an online pharmacy that’s offering you surgical products, orthopaedic care, hospital equipment, mother and baby care, medical gadgets, protein supplements, and fitness products.
At present this online pharmacy in India is operational across 600 pin codes in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Indore, and other nearby regions.
6. Pharm Easy
Pharm Easy are one of India’s largest pharmacy aggregators.
Here you would be connected with your local pharmacy store and diagnostic centre to order medicines and book an appointment respectively. You can buy medicines at a flat 20 per cent discount.
They do not have an ordering cart or the facility to choose medicines. Medicines can be bought only via the app or via a call.
A unique feature that they have is that of opting for a date each month for your regular medicines and the same would be delivered to you on the said date at your doorstep.
7. Apollo Pharmacy
Part of Apollo Hospitals, Apollo Pharmacy is one of India’s largest branded pharmacy network with over 2400 plus outlets in India.
Here on the portal, you can choose from over 4000 products from various categories like vitamins, supplements, baby care, persona care, health food and other OTC drugs/medicines.
For prescription drugs, you would be required to upload your prescription as there is no special cataloging of the same
mChemist sells drugs only on prescription and they have clearly stated on their portal that they do not dispense Schedule H1 Medicines, Antibiotics and Psychotropic Substances.
Over the counter drugs are available on the portal and they do promote herbal medicines that do not have the risk of any side effect.
The medicines and healthcare devices come at a discounted price. For prescription, you can either upload it or WhatsApp it to them.
9. Easy Medico
From shopping for prescription medicines to OTC medicines, shopping at Easy Medico can save you money with attractive discounts and offers.
The only thing that we would love to see them change is in their catalogue. The OTC drugs, especially the herbal ones don’t come with a description. So if you are looking at buying something you better know the name of it.
10. Med Plus Mart
Medplus Mart, a chain of physical pharmacy stores also has an online pharmacy store.
One can choose medicines online, upload the prescription at checkout and choose to get them home delivered or visit their nearest pharmacy branch for pick up.
Have you ordered ever from an online pharmacy before? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments below.