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How to Purchase Medicines Online Safely

Buying medicines over the Internet can make life much easier. Medicines are sometimes cheaper on the Internet. The pills are shipped directly to your home.

Unfortunately, there are many dishonest pharmacies online and it can be difficult to distinguish the honest ones from the dishonest ones. For this reason, one must be very careful when buying medicines online.

How can you buy medicines online safely?

You can buy medicines online safely by using online sunshine drugs pharmacies recommended by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. This organization verifies Internet pharmacies in the United States and most Canadian provinces.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has created a website at https://awarerx.pharmacy. You can visit this site to find out which online pharmacies are recommended and which are not.

It is also safe to buy medicines through the website of your health insurance company.

Do not trust an online pharmacy if:

  • The website does not ask you for a recipe.
  • The pharmacy is not licensed. In the US and Canada, pharmacies are licensed by individual state or provincial governments.
  • The online pharmacy does not have a licensed pharmacist available to answer your questions.
  • The website is not “secure”. This means that any information you enter, such as your address or credit card number, could be seen and used by anyone who finds it. Secure websites use special tools to “encrypt” your information. They turn it into a code that other people can’t read. You can tell if a website is secure if the URL (the address of the site) starts with “https” instead of “http”.

Why should you care about medicines online?

You could end up buying pills that hurt you instead of helping you.

The World Health Organization found that more than half of the medicines sold online and on sites that do not have a physical address were counterfeit. The drugs you buy online from unregulated sources may be too strong or not strong enough.

Criminals who sell drugs online have one goal: to make money. That’s why they often focus on drugs that are in high demand and not available in a lower-cost generic form.

Many counterfeit drugs are expertly packaged. They look like the real thing, but they may have been made in unhygienic conditions. And they may contain ingredients like chalk, sugar, and flour instead of the medicine you need. At worst, a fake pill will contain drugs or chemicals that could harm you.