Safe Online Pharmacies 101

Your Questions Answered

As a consumer, you probably have a lot of questions about how to find safe online pharmacies. That’s why our members, who are the authoritative sources on U.S. pharmacy regulation, are available to answer your questions. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have an additional question, please submit it and check back here for our answer. For public awareness materials, click here.

In April 2010 the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) released a Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators about the proliferation of rogue websites …

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Yes, but the new law is only a partial solution. On October 15, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act was signed into law by …

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Yes. You might not realize it, but pharmacists do much more than count tablets and pour liquids. For each prescription dispensed, your pharmacist must check …

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The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies only trusts services that adhere to standards set forth by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), such …

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There are two kinds of search results: “Organic” and “Sponsored” results.  Organic results are naturally found by the search engine.  Sponsored results are ads that …

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It is common practice for an uncertified online drug seller to claim to be located in a “safe” country, but actually obtain and dispense medications …

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There have been many news reports of patients in the U.S. and across the globe that have been harmed, and even killed, by counterfeit medications. …

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The reason that some drugs are classified as “prescription-only” is that they require some degree of medical supervision, and that medical supervision cannot exist without …

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When shopping for medications online, consider whether the website you choose is properly verified or certified, or is affiliated with a state-licensed pharmacy. The two …

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While cost is a factor to consider when purchasing a medication, safety must also be taken into consideration.  Patients should first talk to their physician …

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