Mail-order and online prescription services have become a much more source of drugs these days because they help control costs. In fact, many insurance companies encourage the use of online or mail-order pharmacies that they have contracts with. If your Medicare or health insurance company recommended a certain pharmacy, you can be sure they checked it out. Also, you should be safe ordering prescriptions at the website of a known retailer that also runs brick-and-mortar pharmacies. However, if you just happen to find a pharmacy website on your own, how can you be sure that it’s safe and legitimate?
Find Safe Online Pharmacies
These are some tips to remember if you are considering an online pharmacy that you don’t recognize:
- If the prices seem really low when compared to other pharmacies, consider that a red flag. It’s possible that the drugs get illegally imported and aren’t made to FDA standards.
- Find the seal that marks the site as a “verified Internet pharmacy practice site,” or VIPPS.
- Make sure that the company that runs the site actually employs a pharmacist. The site should offer you a toll-free phone number that you can use to call and speak with the pharmacist just like you could at a local pharmacy.
- Look for licensing by the NABP, or National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
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