Purchasing Prescription Drugs Online Safely

The Internet has made shopping for many items much more convenient. Unfortunately, the vast majority of “online pharmacies” do not comply with state and federal laws that are designed to protect the consumer. Many of these Web sites are based outside of North America but pretend to be based in the United States or Canada. Caution is needed to avoid the risk of purchasing a counterfeit product or one that is subpotent or contaminated.

Legitimate online pharmacies can be identified by a special seal from the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS) program administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. These pharmacies have undergone a rigorous accreditation process to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and current standards of practice.

The Partnership for Safe Medicines is a valuable resource to learn more about the problem of counterfeit prescription drugs and how to protect against harm from these products.

One way to use the Internet to save money on prescription drugs is to go to the BidRx Web site. Free registration is required to use the Web site. BidRx is a secure Web site that links consumers with pharmacies, manufacturers, prescribers, and payers so all can make better decisions when purchasing prescription drugs. It is an Internet auction site for prescription drugs. BidRx provides the information consumers need and allows consumers to define pharmacies they want to compete for their prescription business. Click here for more information.

Link: How to Save Money on Prescription Drugs