Top 5 Factors to Consider When
Choosing Medications Online
According to the CDC, between 2015-2018 about 48.6% of the population used one prescription medication. 24% used three prescription medications and 12.8% of the population used more than five medications.
If you take prescription medications you might be looking for an easier way to get your medication. If you're thinking about choosing medications online this guide provides some tips for how to do it safely.
1. Make Sure You're Buying From a Certified Pharmacy
Before purchasing from an online pharmacy you should ensure that it's licensed and certified to sell medication. You can check licensing information by visiting the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy online and entering your online pharmacy's name.
Make sure that the pharmacy is based in the U.S. so that you're getting the types of medications that are classified safe to use by the FDA.
This will also prevent you from getting medications that have been recalled in the U.S. but not in other countries. For an example of this check out zantacsettlement.org.
2. Requiring a Prescription Is Key
Talk to your doctor to see if they recommend buying your medication online. One of the most obvious signs of a fraudulent online pharmacy is being able to get your medication without having to send the prescription your doctor gave you.
If the online pharmacy lets you purchase medication by filling a simple questionnaire you run the risk of getting the wrong dose or the incorrect medication.
3. You Should Be Able to Speak to a Pharmacist
When using online pharmacies you should still be able to talk to a certified pharmacist the way you do at your local pharmacy. If the online pharmacy isn't able to connect you with a pharmacist that can answer all your questions and address your concerns then you should avoid them at all costs.
Another sign to look for is contact information on the website. Does the online pharmacy have a contact page with a physical address, phone number, and email to get in touch with them? If the answer is no then this might be a fraudulent pharmacy.
4. Ensure Your Privacy Is Being Protected
While buying what you need online is more convenient it can pose some threats to your privacy, especially when it comes to your medical information. Since you're also providing banking information you should ensure that the website for the online pharmacy is encrypted to keep your information safe.
5. Check Prices Before Purchasing
Looking for discounts on medication is one of the main reasons to purchase them online. Saving on drugs you have to take every day is great but if something is too cheap this could be a red flag.
A lower price could indicate an illegitimate online pharmacy.
All the Tips You Should Know Before Choosing Medications Online
If you think choosing medications online will make your life easier then you should go ahead and change to an online pharmacy. The tips in this guide will help you purchase your medication safely.
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