In India increasingly online pharmacies are advertising extensively and they are also offering better prices on many of the products compared to offline pharmacies. However there are a few disadvantages of ordering through online pharmacies. It is not possible to check the expiring date of the item being ordered at the time of ordering, There is also a possibility that the packaging may be tampered at the time of despatch of the medicine or during transit. So people with many powerful enemies, especially organized stalking victims, will avoid using online pharmacies. In India, in May 2017, pharmacists all over India had held a strike protesting against online pharmacies
Most of the products available at pharmacies are allopathic medicines, which have their side effects which adversely affect the health of the patient. Hence a better and more healthy lifestyle includes reducing stress to the extent possible and incorporating foods which will reduce the possibility of illness. In South Asia, there are a large number of plants, herbs and trees which grow widely in tropical areas and have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. However in the last century, the medical system has been largely dominated by western allopathic medicines, detection methods and cures.