Why is it better to get medicines on prescription from a doctor or pharmacy?
Prescription medicines that you get from your doctor and pharmacy are always safe. In the Netherlands, only they are allowed to prescribe and supply prescription drugs. They will also tell you how you should use the medicine. Health insurers only provide cover for medicines supplied by legal pharmacies.
Your family doctor and pharmacy provide the care you need
Your family doctor and pharmacy are your point of contact for advice on medical matters. Your family doctor knows which medicines are best in your situation. They will also check you for side-effects.
The pharmacist checks that the prescribed medicines are safe for you to take, and whether they will have the desired effect. The pharmacist also advises you on how to use the medicine, and tells you what other effects they may have.
Getting better without medicines
You do not always need medication to treat a medical problem. Ask your family doctor or pharmacist for advice. Every day they see lots of different conditions and answer many questions. They may be able to suggest something you hadn’t thought of yourself. Online suppliers of falsified medicines won’t give you individual advice or a listening ear.
Health insurance covers medicines from legal pharmacies
Your health insurance covers many prescription medicines. This means your insurer will reimburse you the cost of those medicines. If you buy prescription medicines online without a prescription, you will not be reimbursed.