How To Order Prescriptions Online

Waiting in line at the pharmacy is never an ideal place to be, especially if you are living independently and are too sick to get to the pharmacist or if you do not drive. Luckily, there is an alternative to physically taking your prescription to a drug store. If you have access to a computer with an internet connection, you may certainly be able to take advantage of ordering prescriptions online. There are certain precautions you must take when using the internet to fill your prescriptions however, but with a little know how you will be able to do so safely.

The internet is flooded with literally thousands of false websites that claim to offer legal prescription drugs at dirt cheap prices. Most of the time, these "pharmacies" offering unbelievably low prices for medicine is exactly that: unbelievable. You must be absolutely sure of your drug source when you order prescriptions online. To do this, be sure to check whether or not the source has been awarded the proper accreditation from the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (also known as VIPPS). As of 2010, there were only four out of over three thousand online pharmacies approved by VIPPS. By doing your research and checking for the VIPPS seal of approval, this will ensure you are dealing with a legitimate company that will not take advantage of you.

There are certain steps to take when looking for an online pharmacy that will offer you not only a good deal, but the proper medication. There are some online drug suppliers that send out expired medication to patients which could possibly present harmful complications, including death. You will want to make sure that the pharmacy is located within the United States with a physical address and phone number that is listed. Another thing to check is the particular state where they are located has licensed the company to do business as a pharmacy. You can check this by visiting the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website. Another key requirement to look for includes a licensed pharmacist that can speak with you directly. Online pharmacies that require you to have a prescription is an absolute must as well.

If after all of this you have not found an online pharmacy to order prescriptions online from, speak with your health care provider who may be able to weigh in and offer advice. When you find a company you feel comfortable doing business with, you will be ready to take the steps to actually place your order with the pharmacy. This will require you to fill out paperwork (normally online) and to also make your prescription available to the pharmacist. A definite plus side to ordering your medication online is the offer of buying your prescription in bulk. This is especially economical if you have an ongoing prescription where buying a three month's supply will save you a substantial amount of money when you order prescriptions online.

by Alexander Sutton

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