How To Safely Buy Meds Online

onlinedrugsHave you ever bought medications online? You may have done so to save money, for convenience or even to obtain a controlled medication without a prescription.
But what you might really be doing is putting at risk your health, or even your life, if you haven’t established the online pharmacy is genuine and operating with government approval.
The same danger applies if you buy drugs for other people or even for animals.
And if you don’t have a prescription, the hard truth is that you shouldn’t try to obtain a drug that requires one. It’s illegal and potentially dangerous.
According to the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), which embraces both the U.S. and Canada (and several other countries), 96 percent of more than 10,000 online pharmacies it investigated were operating outside the law.
Many of these, though claiming to be in North America, were actually located in Asia, South America or Eastern Europe. They were unlicensed to sell in the U.S. or Canada and were either selling drugs at prices below those charged to patients in the U.S. (or both the U.S. and Canada in the case of veterinary meds) or offering other, mainly performance enhancing, drugs without prescriptions.
Here are the risks that users face:
• The drugs may be totally useless, not containing any of the medication you’re trying to buy.
• They may be impure, with significantly more or less than the specified dosage.
• They may be dangerous because they haven’t been obtained with a genuine prescription following a consultation with a qualified professional.
• They may be confiscated by customs officials if they come from another country.
• They could open the way for criminals to steal your identity (for example if you use a credit card to pay) or to extort money by claiming to be customs officials investigating illegal purchases.
That said, there are, of course, a number of entirely legitimate online pharmacies, providing medications by mail order to save on costs, time and hassle.
So, how can you tell which ones are genuine?medicine1-1
NABP recommends patients use sites accredited through the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program, or the veterinary equivalent, Vet-VIPPS.
Another safeguard is the introduction early of the “.pharmacy” domain name, which can only be used by legitimate pharmacies and other organizations associated with the industry. Read about this here.
Your life insurance is evidence to us that you take a serious and sensible view of protecting yourself and your family, so we hope you might find this information an important contributor to that approach.
And please always remember that whenever you want to discuss any aspect of your insurance needs, all you need do is give us a quick call on +1 630-785-2412.

October 14th, 2015 by Goodwill Financial