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How to Choose a Safe Online Pharmacy

Many of us have realized the benefits of using an online pharmacy. It's simply more convenient and unprecedentedly private! But one reality we all have to face is that there will always be people who will try and take advantage of these online resources.

If you've been thinking of switching online for your pharmacy needs, here are tips to help you find a reputable and safe e-drugstore:

NABP License

Definitely, your online pharmacy should be licensed in your state, or at least licensed to sell medicines to people in your state. Check with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to know whether the e-drugstore you're eyeing is licensed. The NABP was created in 1904 for the sole purpose of ensuring that all US pharmacies are bound by the same standards.

Prescription Verification Process

One of the telltale signs of a questionable pharmacy is lax rules in terms of verifying their customers' prescriptions. Asking for basic personal information and a credit card number is simply not enough. In fact, it takes a whole lot of questions for a legit e-drugstore to learn more and determine whether or not they should entertain a particular order. It can be a hassle, but always remember that the more relevant information they ask for, the more you're probably in good hands.

VIPPS Certification

The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites or VIPPS started 1999 for the purpose of establishing pharmacies as meeting the highest standards. To become VIPPS-certified, online pharmacies have to meet very high standards and be 100% compliant with specific licensing and inspection requirements. It's fairly easy to Tell whether an e-drugstore is VIPPS-certified. Just look for the VIPPS seal on their website, and make sure this is linked to the VIPPS site.  

Basic Logic  

Lastly, use basic logic when choosing an online pharmacy. For example, if an e-drugstore's website looks shabby or poorly maintained, the people behind it are obviously not committed to quality. That can be dangerous when it comes to the quality of medicines they sell with more info. Also, if an offer seems too good to be true, it most probably is. Forget websites that offer cheap, "cure-all" drugs, or those that are always trying to pitch other products. An online pharmacy should do as any brick-and-mortar drugstore would - verify the validity of your prescription, fill it, and take your payment. Anything more than that should be considered a red flag.

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