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How to Buy Prescription Drugs Online

If you want to buy prescription drugs online, learn how to take precautions to avoid buying dangerous drugs from fraudulent or unqualified pharmacies.


  • Step 1: Get prescription Get a prescription only from your doctor or other qualified medical professional.
  • Step 2: 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.
  • TIP: Online pharmacies must be registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • TIP: Online pharmacies advertising through Google AdWords are now required to have VIPPS accreditation.
  • Step 4: Use the LegitScript search engine Use the LegitScript search engine to verify an internet pharmacy is acting in accordance with the law.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • TIP: Some drugs from unverified pharmacies may be counterfeit, or they may be labeled, stored, or shipped improperly.
  • Step 6: 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!
  • FACT: The Town Hall Pharmacy in Tallinn, Estonia, opened in 1422, making it one of Europe's oldest still-operating pharmacies.

You Will Need

  • Prescription
  • Internet access
  • Research
  • Caution

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