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BBB Warns: Trying To Save Money By Buying Your Medicine Online? Think Twice!

It’s a New Year and you may be looking for ways to save money.  Or you may fear with the new healthcare laws that you may be paying more for your medical costs. 

Have you thought about buying your prescriptions online?  If so, there are things you need to know to not only protect yourself but your finances too.

Ordering prescriptions online offers a new convenience to obtaining prescriptions. However, before ordering make sure the site is legitimate and secure.

It is important to take precautions before ordering and it is important to know the source of the medicine to ensure it is safe.

While there are many legitimate sites for ordering prescriptions, there are just as many fake sites that are scams and their products may have dangerous ingredients or may not have been checked for safety and effectiveness. Additionally, the medicine may not have been labeled, stored, or shipped correctly.

Before placing an order, watch for these red flags:
• Prices that are too good to be true.
• You can buy the drugs without a prescription.
• The pharmacy company has drugs that are not FDA approved.
• They will ship prescription drugs worldwide.
• Drugs are being shipped from a foreign country.
• Pharmacy is not licensed by a state board of pharmacy in the United States.

Surprisingly, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only three percent of online pharmacies reviewed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy are in compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards.

Before buying prescription medicine online read carefully the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou.

Also, make sure the pharmacy you are contemplating using does the following:
• Requires a valid prescription.
• Provides a physical address in U.S.
• Is licensed by the state board of pharmacy in your state and where the pharmacy is operating.
• Has a state-licensed pharmacist to answer your questions.

It is good to shop prices, just do it with caution. Don’t forget to make sure your insurance company will approve payment to the pharmacy you choose.

And always, always check with your doctor if you have any questions about your medications, especially interactions.

To find companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org.

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