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Get the rundown on prescription drugs, proper dosages, and other important information about medication.
You Will Need
- Internet access
Get a prescription only from your doctor or other qualified medical professional.
Visit NABP website
Visit the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, or NABP, website to learn about online pharmacy standards. For example, the pharmacy must be located in the United States for U.S. purchases.
Visit VIPPS website
Visit the website of the Verified Pharmacy Practice Sites, or VIPPS, to verify that an online pharmacy has been accredited. VIPPS is an NABP program.
Use the LegitScript search engine
Use the LegitScript search engine to verify an internet pharmacy is acting in accordance with the law.
Use precautions before ordering drugs online
Use precautions even with verified online pharmacies. The site must have a way to directly contact a person if you have problems with the drugs.
Submit complaints to the DEA
Submit a complaint or report a suspicious online pharmacy to the Drug Enforcement Agency's Office of Diversion Control. When dealing with prescriptions, your health is at stake -- don't take any chances!