Online pharmacies: Friend or foe?

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The Internet has changed the way we live, work, and shop. The growth of the Internet has made it possible to compare prices and buy products without ever leaving home. But when it comes to buying medicine online, it is important to be very careful.

Buying medications online is very different from purchasing other products. When it comes to buying medications online, not all sites are the same. It is important to know how to find a safe Internet pharmacy and to know the dangers of buying drugs from websites that are operating illegally.

The safest way to purchase drugs online is through a pharmacy accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPSå) program. Choosing to buy your prescription medications from a VIPPS-accredited pharmacy may help eliminate the risks associated with fake pharmacy sites.

A safe Internet pharmacy will:

  • Be located and licensed in the U.S.
  • Have a licensed pharmacist on staff
  • Require a valid prescription from your healthcare provider
  • Provide contact information in case you have any questions about your medication

For the list of VIPPS-accredited pharmacies, click here.

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