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Remain Safe When Ordering Meds from International Online Pharmacies

by Bigmountaindrugs - March 27 , 2020


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When it comes to healthcare, the cost of medications is at the forefront of most people’s minds. It’s natural to turn whatever direction offers to ease the burden. While you can safely order your medications online from international online pharmacies, you do need to be cautious. There are plenty of scams out there, so it’s important to be diligent in your research before purchasing. If you’re looking to save money on your prescription drugs, there are a few things to take note of in order to remain safe. Keep reading to learn more.

What are international online pharmacies?

Reputable international online pharmacies are no different in many ways from your local pharmacy down the road. The one difference is the reach in which they have in obtaining affordable medications. For example, many online Canadian pharmacies are also international dispensaries – which means they can have their medications fulfilled not only in Canada, but from other countries such as: Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, Turkey, India, and the United Kingdom, to name a few. These dispensaries are vetted by reputable pharmacies, to ensure they have their own credentials and are obtaining their medications from the same reputable, reliable sources.

In addition to the countries they fulfill orders and dispense their medications from, they also ship internationally—thus extending their reach beyond their own borders. This is how Americans are able to get cheaper medications from Canada, for example.

Are online pharmacies better than local pharmacies?

Any pharmacy, whether online or local, can have its hang-ups. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, but what they offer can meet different needs. It all comes down to what you’re really looking for in a pharmacy. The question you need to answer is: What do I want from my pharmacy?

If you’re looking for a personal experience where the pharmacist and technicians all know you by name and you can build a relationship with them, then local is where it’s at. You simply can’t get that type of one-on-one interaction from an online pharmacy.

On the other hand, if saving money, having more privacy, or increasing convenience is more important to you, an online pharmacy is your better bet. There are many men, for example, who are searching for more affordable erectile disfunction medications online. But more than that, they want the privacy to do so without having to talk about it to their local pharmacist.

Regardless of which type of pharmacy you’re looking for, you want to make sure you feel comfortable with them and can trust their services and the medications they provide. Watch out for any signs that make you feel uncomfortable about the pharmacy: such as unhappy pharmacy technicians, cashiers, or questionable online practices like not requiring a prescription.

How can you buy meds safely online?

If you determined saving money, privacy, or convenience was your goal with a pharmacy, then it’s time to narrow in on a reputable online pharmacy. There are plenty of scams out there and you don’t want to fall prey to a fake drugstore with questionable medications. But how do you know if you’ve found an online pharmacy you can trust? Here are a few tips to consider:

Look for Certification Credentials – These may vary in different countries, but with a few quick searches, you can come up with a list of important certifications you need to watchful for. For example, Canadian pharmacies should have certifications from PharmacyChecker.com and the Canadian International Pharmacy Association(CIPA). Where US pharmacies should have a Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites(VIPPs) certification from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy(NABP). Check to see if the online pharmacy offers their certification number and match it against the certification site to ensure it’s active and still valid.

Do they have a real location? Check to make sure the online pharmacy you’re considering has a real physical address and a Google business presence. They give you some piece of mind, knowing they operate out of a legitimate location and provide services they are happy to tie to Google. While you’re checking into those, look to see if any reviews of the pharmacy come up. Places like Yelp, CanadianPharmacyReview.com, and PharmacyChecker.com all offer reviews of online pharmacies. Peruse their listings and see what other customers have to say.

How professional are they? When you log onto their website, what kinds of information do they provide? Is it easy to get in contact with their customer support? Can you speak to a real person, or do you just get looped around? How is their website put together? Is it professional? Does it provide current, up-to-date information on their homepage and blog? How far back does their blog go? Fraudulent pharmacy websites won’t put the effort into providing reputable information for customers using blog posts.

Prescriptions are still required. If your medication requires a prescription at home, then you will be required to have a valid prescription online. Be wary of any online pharmacy offering free samples or telling you that you can fill your prescription online without validating your doctor’s prescription. These pharmacies are not operating under legal guidelines, and therefore, should not be trusted.

If you’re ready to pay less for your prescription medications, the good news is—there are some very reputable online pharmacies to choose from. Make sure to look over their credentials, verify their location, ensure they’re professional, and always provide your valid prescription. If anything about the online pharmacy feels off, don’t be afraid to walk away and find the right fit for you. If you need a starting point, check out one of the certification sites we talked about and peruse their list of verified pharmacies.

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