Did you know that 20% of Americans get their medications by mail order? If you are looking at ordering from a mail order pharmacy because the convenience and cheap prices are enticing you, then you are in the right place. We are going to go over the factors you want to consider before you place your order.
Keep reading to make sure that you are getting a good deal from a legit seller.
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1. Super Bargains
If something seems too good to be true then it probably is. When you order prescription drugs online and the price is $5 vs $100 (what you normally pay) then this might be a sign to not order the medicine. It might be that cheap because the drugs are being sold outside of the United States and they are not being approved by the FDA.
2. VIPPS Seal
Before you place an order you want to do your research on the pharmacy’s website. Look around the website for a seal that says VIPPS (verified internet pharmacy practice sites). If you see this site then it means that the NABP (National Association of Boards of Pharmacy) screened and approved the website.
This will say a lot about the pharmacy and will give you peace of mind that you are buying medicines from a real pharmacy.
3. Licensed and Location
The seller has to be located in the United States and you also want to double-check what state they are licensed in. The seller should have their license registered by the state where it is based.
You can do this research through the NABP website where they list the pharmacies in each state that have been screened and approved by them. You also want to look for the licensing information on the pharmacy’s website because if they do not openly list it on their site, it is a red flag.
4. Talk to a Pharmacist
If you call the company you should be able to talk to a pharmacist over the phone or via email. Look for the 1-800 number for the online pharmacy and take the time to call if you have any questions. This small action will help you confirm whether or not you can trust this pharmacy before placing your online orders.
5. Site Address
Last but not least, you want to pay attention to the website’s address ending. If there is a period before the word pharmacy then it is fine to buy from there. Only the pharmacies that follow the law as it pertains to medicine can use “.pharmacy” in their domain.
Feeling Like a Mail Order Pharmacy Pro?
Now that you know more about the factors to consider before placing an order with a mail order pharmacy we hope you have the confidence to distinguish between the legit websites and the shady ones.
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