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Buying Prescription Drugs Online

Purchasing prescription drugs from legitimate online pharmacies is safe, convenient, private, and may provide cost savings. However, consumers should be aware of fraudulent websites. Some of these websites are not legitimate online pharmacies and do not observe laws that protect consumers from use of inappropriate or unsafe drugs. Some fraudulent websites offer prescription medications without a prescription or provide fake medications or even expired medications. Consumers can protect themselves from buying medications from fraudulent websites by using the following recommendations:

  • Only use state licensed pharmacies. Check for a list of state boards of pharmacy. A state's board of pharmacy will tell you which online pharmacies are licensed.
  • Use pharmacies that have the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site Seal (VIPPS Seal). These sites have been certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). For more information visit
  • Use online pharmacies that have a licensed pharmacist on staff to answer your questions.
  • Avoid all pharmacies that sell prescription drugs without a prescription from your doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2014

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