As people continue to look for new ways to easily access a wide range of branded and generic prescription drugs at lower prices, the number of online pharmacies is increasing. But with this increase comes the struggle of knowing how to choose an online pharmacy that is legitimate and adequately meets all your needs. In this article, we’ve put together some helpful tips to help you choose the right online pharmacy from the multitude of options available.
Check with your insurance company
Health insurance companies that offer coverage for prescription drugs always have a list of online pharmacies that they have screened and approved. If your policy covers prescription drugs, talking to your insurer can help you choose a reliable online pharmacy that meets your needs.
Protect yourself by checking legality
Just as there are many legitimate online pharmacies, there are even more fake ones and it is important that you know how to tell the difference. This is very important because if you order medicines from an illegal online pharmacy, there is no legal recourse in case the medicines are wrong or your body develops an adverse reaction to them. A good way to find out the legality of an online pharmacy is to check if it has been verified by the relevant regulatory bodies.
For example, CIPA (Canadian International Pharmacy Association) is responsible for accrediting and issuing licenses for both online and physical pharmacies in Canada. Online pharmacies like Canada Drugs that carry the CIPA logo are legitimate and can be trusted to fill your prescriptions.
Watch out for red flags
When choosing an online pharmacy, you need to exercise caution and look out for a few important red flags. These red flags include: pharmacies offering to sell you prescription or controlled drugs without a valid prescription from a licensed physician, prices that are unreasonably low and seem too good to be true, no physical address or contact address, none Regulations for shipping medicines around the world and claims to have miracle cures for serious illnesses like cancer.
Access to expert medical advice and guidance
In addition to competitive prices and a wide range of medications available, the online pharmacy you choose should be one that gives you timely access to a qualified pharmacist who can answer any questions you may have about your medication, such as: how they interact with other drugs, the right dosage and what side effects they have.
When in doubt, use the internet to get more information about the online pharmacies you are considering. Read more about their reviews and customer feedback to get an idea of how they work. Pay attention to details on pricing, types of drugs they carry, ordering process (prescription required and payment methods), delivery method (including wait time), and customer service.
Every day the number of online pharmacies is growing to meet the demands of consumers. However, choosing the right online pharmacy from the numerous options available can be very daunting. Hopefully the above tips will help you choose.
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