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Pharmica Leads the Charge Against AI-Generated Fake Reviews in the Online Pharmacy Sector

The surge in fake reviews highlights the critical need for online pharmacies to validate the authenticity of customer feedback, enabling patients to make well-informed decisions regarding their health.

Research on the use of generative AI to craft counterfeit patient testimonials has revealed that over 30% of such fake reviews, including those generated by ChatGPT, evade detection by commercial AI detection systems.

This revelation is particularly concerning given that fake reviews (including AI-generated ones) constitute roughly a third of all online testimonials, as reported by Business Insider. In the UK’s e-commerce scene, governmental research suggests that upwards of 27% of all reviews are inauthentic.

In response to this growing issue, online pharmacies like Pharmica are establishing a new benchmark for authenticity by leveraging closed-loop review systems such as Feefo, which publish only verified reviews from actual customers and patients.

The Vital Role of Verified Reviews in Online Pharmacies

With the online pharmacy industry expanding rapidly, the demand for medications and healthcare products online underscores the significance of verified customer reviews in fostering a transparent relationship between pharmacies like Pharmica and their clientele.

Pharmica has distinguished itself by clinching the Feefo Platinum Service Award 2024 for the highest volume of verified reviews among online pharmacies, a clear stand against misinformation and dishonesty.

This recognition gains added weight in light of recent exposés by the BBC on the healthcare sector’s manipulation of fake reviews to unjustly capture market share, compromising patient safety.

Pharmica’s Commitment to Genuine Feedback through Feefo

Feefo, as a closed-loop review platform, permits only verified customers who have made purchases to post reviews, ensuring the authenticity of feedback through pre-verification of each transaction.

Boasting a 4.9/5 rating and 59,094 verified reviews on Feefo as of 19th February 2024, Pharmica leads the UK online pharmacy market in credibility and reliability (refer to Graph 1).


Graph 1

Rishi Krishna, Pharmica’s Founder and CEO, stated: “It appears to be easier than ever for AI tools to be used to write fake customer reviews and feedback. It’s especially concerning in the online pharmacy industry, where such reviews can impact the ability of patients and customers to make informed decisions about their health. At Pharmica, we hold authenticity in the highest regard and go above and beyond to present genuine customer feedback with complete transparency. We’re honoured to win this [Feefo Platinum Trusted Service] award with the largest number of genuine reviews, along with the highest review rating in our category 4 years in a row.”

With the online pharmacy sector poised for a 5.95% annual growth from 2024 to 2028 and the rise of AI tools unabated, the risk to consumer health is ever more apparent, highlighting the importance of verified reviews on platforms like Feefo for building trust and credibility in an AI-driven world.

About Pharmica

Established in 2015, Pharmica is a fully regulated online pharmacy in the UK that uses technology and automation to make the pharmacy experience convenient and accessible. Patients can seamlessly order clinically proven treatments online for quick and discreet delivery.
Pharmica performs clinical checks on all orders to ensure patient safety and dispenses treatments from its London-based registered pharmacy. The online pharmacy also offers research-based health advice through medically reviewed articles regularly published on the ‘Health Hub’ section of its website and through a weekly email newsletter.
For further enquiries, please contact:
The Pharmica Press Office
236 Gray’s Inn Rd
United Kingdom
020 7112 9014


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