Europe – EMA : Buying medicines online

In the European Union (EU), it is possible to buy medicines online. Patients should only buy medicines from online retailers registered with the national competent authorities in the EU Member States, to reduce the risk of buying sub-standard or falsified medicines. The European Commission has introduced a common logo that appears on the websites of these registered retailers.

EMA is urging patients to beware of potential falsified medicines sold by unregistered websites and vendors.

These vendors may be exploiting fears during the COVID-19 pandemic and claiming that their products can prevent or cure COVID-19. They may also appear to provide easy access to medicines that are otherwise not readily available.

For advice on treating symptoms, speak to your doctor or pharmacist or follow advice from health authorities. 

Update: EU citizens should be particularly vigilant if they come across vendors claiming to sell COVID-19 and influenza vaccines. These types of medicines are not usually available for sale online.

EMA advises citizens to follow official vaccination programmes instead of seeking out alternative sources of vaccines.