To help you determine if an online pharmacy is legitimate or not, here are a few things a consumer should look out for:
- Requires a valid prescription
- Overseen by a licensed pharmacist
- Pharmacy Checker verified
- Offer safe payment options and transparent transactions
- Follows refill quantities prescribed and does not allow bulk purchases
- Offer reasonable prices
- No spams and unsolicited emails
- Products are legitimate
When browsing through an online pharmacy, OTC (over-the-counter) or prescription drugs will be available on their websites. But, just like in a regular pharmacy, prescription drugs require prescriptions from doctors. Legitimate online pharmacies ALWAYS require a prescription for prescription drugs — no exceptions.
Just like brick-and-mortar pharmacies, online pharmacies are overseen by a licensed professional pharmacist. Pharmacists are drug experts who dispense medications and provide clarity when it comes to your prescriptions. Because of their knowledge and expertise, they can conduct drug regimen reviews. This way, they can determine alarming drug interactions that can take place when patients take multiple medications (polypharmacy). On top of that, they also provide patient counseling, allowing them to clarify any questions or provide professional medical advice on how to use the drugs a consumer has purchased based on their doctor’s order.
An easy and quick way to determine if an online pharmacy is legitimate is to check if it is PharmacyChecker verified. As mentioned in our previous blog, PharmacyChecker is a regulating body that ensures that online pharmacies are monitored and that they uphold the standard of the pharmacy practice. Go straight to an online pharmacy’s certification page and if they have a valid and active seal from PharmacyChecker, then you can entrust your prescription needs with them.
Another benefit of online pharmacies is that they offer low-cost but quality medications. Never purchase medicines and drugs with prices that are too good to be true. Many people comparing prices mostly look at price rates in the US. Online pharmacies offer cheaper alternatives because they directly acquire their supplies from international suppliers. Another reason is that they do not need to pay for rent. We all know how costly it is to pay monthly especially for business owners.
Since everything is virtual, online pharmacies communicate with their patients and customers mainly through email but are also available via phone call or fax. Some legitimate online pharmacies automatically sign you up for their email list once you place an order with them. This can be seen in their terms and conditions or privacy policies. However, never respond to online pharmacies offering discounted medications if you did not sign up for their email list or if you have never ordered from them. Chances are, some other companies have leaked your private information and can be considered fraudulent.
Most important of all, legitimate pharmacies offer legitimate products. The medications in their product list are all approved by the right authorities for distribution and consumption. International suppliers have set high standards to ensure safety, efficacy, and quality for all medications that come from them. Make sure that your legitimate online pharmacy has a legitimate online supplier with reputable names. If the pharmacy is accredited by PharmacyChecker then you can be assured that they offer legitimate products sourced and dispensed by licensed international pharmacy partners.