Tips for choosing a safe online pharmacy

Finding a safe online pharmacy

Looking for a safe online pharmacy? Over 5 million Americans import their prescription drugs from safe and legitimate international online pharmacies each year. In doing so, they save an average of 50 percent or more on their medications. At a time when record numbers of U.S. citizens are going without their needed medications due to cost, online access to affordable medicine from abroad is crucial.

However, it’s important to be cautious when searching for an online pharmacy. There are rogue entities posing as pharmacies out there. That’s why we recommend that consumers follow some basic best practices when choosing an online pharmacy.

If the online pharmacy you are considering does not meet the following criteria, you should seriously reconsider ordering from them.

A legitimate and safe online pharmacy:

  1.    is licensed in its country of origin
  2.    guarantees patient privacy and confidentiality
  3.    requires an original copy of a written and signed prescription from the patientʼs doctor
  4.    features a legitimate street address and phone number on its website
  5.    has a licensed pharmacist reviewing orders and available for phone consultation

These are all requirements that consumers expect from a local U.S. pharmacy, and should demand from any international online pharmacy as well.

In addition, you can find reliable information about safe online pharmacies on the following websites: and the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA). These organizations certify the safety of online pharmacies based outside of the U.S.

CIPA members sell Health Canada-approved medications from their licensed pharmacies in Canada and also have relationships with regulated international pharmacies and inspected fulfillment centers based in other parts of the world that sell and directly deliver medications to patients from where they are located., based in New York, conducts online verifications, pharmacy inspections, and compliance tracking, to identify safe international online pharmacies. The site helps consumers shop safely and also compare prescription drug prices.

18 Comments On “Tips for choosing a safe online pharmacy”

  1. I have never even heard of an online pharmacy. I would think that the pharmacy and the customer would have to go through a bunch of steps to make that a safe procedure. It would be very convenient though, especially for older people who have a hard time getting around or going to the store. I might look into setting something like this up for my grandpa.

  2. Thank you for your comment Cambria. We have links above to entities that verify the safety of Canadian and other international online pharmacies. If you are looking for a Canadian pharmacy in particular, you might want to check with the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA). They have a tool on their website where you can input a URL to ensure the pharmacy you are looking at is a CIPA member.

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  4. It’s become nearly impossible to find any information about online pharmacies using a major search engine. They seem to censor the topic altogether, and don’t return anything that would qualify as useful results, one can only assume under pressure from the FDA and/or other elements of government.

    Some anonymous search engines and smaller ones that don’t serve results from Google or Microsoft can still return useful information, but if you search using Google or Bing (or Yahoo) you can expect to find nothing that would indicate whether a pharmacy is legit or not, any reviews of it, anything to corroborate that others have transacted with it before and received their meds and not been scammed, etc.

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