Buying Prescription Meds Over the Internet

It’s easy to go online and purchase prescription medication in today’s world. However, finding a legitimate online source for medication is not. As more and more Americans are turning to the web to purchase their prescribed medications they are finding that there are dishonest websites across the Internet that are selling prescription drugs that are not as they may appear. The drugs being sold on these websites can be imitation, counterfeit, and simply unsafe. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has been putting forth efforts to combat these rogue and dishonest websites since 1999. By being informed and aware of the potential risks involved with purchasing medications over the Internet you can learn to protect your health and safety. Consumers have been documented for losing money, being scammed, and even losing lives due to purchasing medications from websites that ship prescription drugs without any proper medical oversight. In turn, the prescriptions that are purchased can be sub-potent, super-potent, or even expired.


The NABP has done extensive research into which sites provide safe, reliable pharmacy services, and which do not. The NABP reviews thousands of websites to determine if they meet the requirements to be considered safe online pharmacy options. Sadly, they have found that the majority of websites are not. The websites that come recommended by the NABP are accredited through the VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites). These are websites that have completed the in-depth NABP accreditation process including a review of the company’s policies and procedures, and an on-site inspection of the facilities used to receive and dispense medicine and prescription drugs. On the other hand, sites that are classified as “Not Recommended” by the NABP are those that appear to be operating in conflict with the pharmacy laws and practice standards. There are currently over ten thousand sites that fall into this Not Recommended category. Many of them are classified as Not Recommended due to reasons including but not limited to:


  • Not requiring a valid prescription,
  • Not having a physical address within the U.S.
  • Possessing a server location which is outside the United States
  • Offering foreign or non-FDA approved drugs
  • Issue prescription drugs per online consolation only


At this point, only about 3% of online establishments that the NABP has reviewed appear to be legitimate and seemingly have met the pharmacy laws and practice standards, based on information that was obtained from looking at the website. There are currently 57 websites that represent over 12,000 online pharmacies, which have received accreditation.

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