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Step-by-Step Guide to Ordering Drugs Online

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Think order your prescriptions on line is complicated and risky? Find out how easy it can be when you choose the right online pharmacy.

Ordering your medications online for less may seem like one of those online scams that’s too good to be true. If ordering drugs from an online pharmacy seems sketchy to you, you are right to be suspicious. Many online pharmacies are not above board, but they shouldn’t all be painted with the same broad brush. Legit online pharmacies are heavily regulated.

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There are numerous things you can look for, so that you can be sure you are ordering safely and securely. Legitimate online pharmacies will prominently display badges from VIPPS, LegitScript, and the Board of Pharmacy for their state.

MailMyPrescsriptions.com fulfills all pharmacy services in our network and has its VIPPS accreditation. We are LegitScript approved and operate MailMyPrescriptions.Pharmacy, which is approved by the NABP, the organization that maintains the .Pharmacy program. Our goal is to meet the highest standards of clinical care and customer service.

How to Buy Drugs Online at MailMyPresciptions.com

With Mailmyprescriptions.com, you still order your medication from a pharmacy, but the pharmacy doesn’t mark up the drug. Instead, our members pay the acquisition cost of the drug – the same price the pharmacy wholesaler would pay.

And since insurance usually takes a co pay larger than the cost of the generic medications, you can get your prescription filled by an online pharmacy without submitting your insurance information. This also helps to cut your costs.

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4 Easy Steps to Order Drugs Online

Step 1 – Search

You can search for wholesale drug prices and purchase them without becoming a member. Our prices are cheaper than other pharmacies and we guarantee this by matching any prices you find that are lower.

Step 2 – Create a Free Account

Create a free account. You get access to the lowest prices available on name-brand and generic drugs in our pharmacy network.

Step 3 – Call

After you’ve found your medications on our site for less, head to check out. You will receive instructions on switching your prescription to MailMyPrescritions.com.

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Step 4 – Relax

This may be the easiest step of all. Our pharmacy will contact your doctor for new prescriptions, dispense your medication, bill your credit card, and ship them to your door. No sweat. It really is that easy.

You can also set up your refills to be sent automatically. At mailmyprescriptions.com, we will coordinate with your doctor to obtain new prescriptions. We are committed to providing a stress-free experience for all customers.

Pharmacies in our network are physically in the U.S. and are regulated by the State Board of Pharmacy of each state, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and purchase drugs through licensed wholesalers who sell drugs manufactured by FDA-approved facilities.

Online Pharmacy vs. Local Pharmacy?

If you regularly go to your local pharmacy, you may wonder if it is worth it to fill your prescriptions through an online service. You may worry about whether or not you will get the same level of service and convenience. To be sure, there are some instances where you can’t plan ahead and may need your medication the same day that your doctor writes the prescription.

But, for maintenance medication you take on a regular basis, pre-planning and ordering online can save you money. Not to mention time, since you won’t have to make a trip (or more) to the drugstore, wait in line to submit your script, then wait in line to get your prescription filled.

When you order online, you can send your prescription at any time, no need to hustle to get to the pharmacy during their business hours, especially if their business hours conflict with yours.

Are Online Pharmacies Legal?

If you are thinking of ordering from an online pharmacy, here are some ways to tell if the pharmacy is legitimate.

A legitimate pharmacy will require a prescription from a doctor. A fraudulent online pharmacy may ask you to fill out a form or questionnaire rather than submitting a prescription. These fraudulent pharmacies often operate overseas or do not give you a mailing address. This is a big red flag. It means that most likely, they are not legally allowed to do business in your state, and probably not in any state.

A fake online pharmacy will sell medication at incredibly, almost unbelievably low prices. This is because the medicines they sell are most likely fakes. They may not contain any active ingredients, or they may not have the right amount or the wrong ingredient. They may be contaminated or expired.

All of these scenarios could be damaging to your health. You may have troubling side effects you weren’t expecting or get worse not better. It’s easy to see how drugs from a fake online pharmacy can put your health, and that of your family, at risk. Be sure to know what to look for in an online pharmacy so you can protect yourself and your family.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a website to help consumers who buy drugs online. This site offers tips for choosing a legal online pharmacy. Order only from sites that:

  • require a prescription.
  • have a physical address in the U.S.
  • are licensed in the state you live in.
  • give you the opportunity to consult with a licensed pharmacist.

In addition, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has developed standards for online pharmacies and a list of Verified Internet Pharmacy Sites (VIPPS). This is a list of the safest online pharmacies and includes the pharmacies used by numerous health insurance companies.

Are Online Pharmacies Safe?

Many people, especially those with insurance, use the Internet to safely order their prescriptions from legitimate and reputable online pharmacies. However, in other cases, consumers are looking online for a less expensive and more convenient option than a brick-and-mortar pharmacy. In these instances, they may not be sure that the online pharmacies they find are safe. And they are right to worry, since less than 3% of online pharmacies comply with U.S. and NABP practice standards, making it vital that online consumers know how to differentiate fake, illegal online pharmacies from safe, legal ones.

It may not be obvious at first look whether or not an online pharmacy is fake or not. In fact, some online storefronts are so sophisticated that they even fool healthcare professionals at first glance. That is why it’s essential to remember the four things outlined above. A pharmacy that does not meet ALL of those criteria is probably not a legitimate pharmacy.

What Is a Rogue Online Pharmacy?

Rogue online pharmacies are online pharmacies that have been warned by the FDA that they are engaging in illegal activity in violation of the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which includes offering:

  • unapproved prescription drugs of unknown origin, safety, and effectiveness for sale;
  • to sell prescription drugs without a prescription;
  • prescription drugs without proper directions for safe use; and
  • prescription drugs without FDA-required warnings about the health risks and side effects associated with the prescription drug.

Buying your prescriptions from a rogue online pharmacy can be dangerous at best and deadly at worst. Following the guidelines above can help you avoid purchasing from a rogue pharmacy. 

In addition, look for online pharmacies that prominently display their accreditations by organizations such as VIPPS, LegitScript, and their state board of pharmacy. You should be able to view their licenses and be assured that they are a U.S. company.

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Jonah Carte
Jonah Carte is a Freelance Writer who works with various publishing platforms to inform readers of the latest news and opinions on the United States and World news. Jonah has secured various publications, including local and national newspaper contributions. Jonah has a Journalism Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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