Everything is about convenience nowadays. What is more convenient than ordering your medications online and having them delivered right at your doorstep.
Convenient? Yes. Safe? Don’t be too sure.
Here are some tips on what to look out for so you can check if you are indeed purchasing from a legitimate or accredited online pharmacy:
An accredited online pharmacy would ask you to provide your prescription details before selling medicines that require a physician’s prescription.
The selling price should not significantly differ between the online pharmacy and the brick-and-mortar pharmacy. This holds true for all types of medication, even vitamin supplements. Online pharmacies would have a slightly lower price particularly if they are the distributor though.
Verifiable information on how they can be contacted via email, mail, or phone, should be clearly posted in their website. If you don’t see any contact details, it would be best to choose another online pharmacy.
Right to Privacy
Your contact and credit card information should be kept private. If they claim that your contact information will be shared with a third-party company for other possible offers , this should serve as a warning signal.
License and Accreditation
Accredited online pharmacies will proudly display their license to operate badges. They also are usually affiliated with brick-and-mortar stores where you can talk to a license pharmacist if need be.
The affiliation part can be a bit tricky though. There are some accredited online pharmacies that do not work with brick-and-mortar pharmacies since they are already affiliated with licensed pharmacies in other countries.
Taking fake or expired medicines can cause more harm than good. There are a number of online pharmacy search engines that help verify if the pharmacy you are interested in is licensed and accredited to operate.
Overall, the greatest rule of thumb that you should follow would be “if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”