The country of Turkey, located in between the Aegean and Black seas, has one of the best records for drugs quality in the world with its drugstores only allowed to sell authentic, registered products to its customer base. Patients should only buy their drugs from the drugstores when they are in Turkey as there can be no guarantee of quality or legitimacy if they are purchased through a website, whether the website is based in Turkey or not, as they are not held to the same stringent standards as those sold over the counter at drugstores and pharmacies.
As an aside, you should be fully aware that to travel to the country, a turkey visa will more than likely be required, especially if travelling from Europe or the United States of America. If you are unsure as to whether you will require one for your trip, you should make contact with Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out from them. Do ensure that plenty of time is left for processing of this vital documentation as travelling without will more than likely result in you being turned away and not being allowed access into the country.
Registration of Drugs
All drugs to be sold through Turkish drugstores require registration with the authorities. After this, the number and doses prescribed to each patient are tracked using computer systems. This is all to prevent counterfeit drugs being sold through the drugstores. Websites do not have to register their products in the same way, so could be liable to forged drugs or may potentially be of a greater or lesser strength than the legitimate versions. It is highly recommended, therefore, that anyone planning to purchase drugs in Turkey visits a drugstore to make their purchase. This is the only way one can be sure that what they are buying is the real deal and not something that will have unexpected side effects.
Government Action on Fake Drug Reports
The Turkish government has an exemplary record when it comes to investigating and, subsequently, dealing with problems to do with claims of fake drugs being sold. They have a heavy-handed approach to anyone caught flying in the face of any drugs regulations and registration. The Turkish drugs monitoring system (ITS) is one of the best and most trusted in the world and monitors drugs from the producers, via the vendors, through to the end users – the patient. Any claims of counterfeit drugs being sold are taken extremely seriously by the Turkish Health Ministry and are investigated fully, including those sold over the internet, which do not normally have the same level of regulation attached. Looking forward, the Turkish government plans to clamp down on any drugs sold online with new regulations to come into force that would mean all drugs sold in Turkey would have the same level of regulation attached to them. This, it is expected, will increase the quality of those sold online and increase the trust placed in Turkish drugs worldwide.