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Is an online pharmacy that is no longer verified by PharmacyChecker unsafe?



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An online pharmacy that was once verified by PharmacyChecker is no longer. Does that mean that it’s not safe?

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No. The PharmacyChecker Verification Program is a voluntary program in which online pharmacies can choose to participate. If an online pharmacy that was once verified by PharmacyChecker is no longer, it means it is not currently monitored by PharmacyChecker and either (1) it chose to leave our program or (2) it was terminated from our program due to noncompliance.

 

Online pharmacies are only approved if they meet and continue to meet our online pharmacy practice standards. Through our Verification Program, we evaluate and verify the qualifications and credentials of online pharmacies, and monitor their compliance of our standards on an ongoing basis.

 

Most online pharmacies do not meet our program standards, and most of the tens of thousands of online pharmacies are not certified by any credentialing group. Unfortunately, many online pharmacies, many referred to as rogue online pharmacies, do not process orders through licensed pharmacies, illegally and unethically sell controlled substances (addictive drugs), do not require a valid prescription or any prescription at all, intentionally sell counterfeit or adulterated medication, do not safeguard patients' financial and health information, and/or steal people's identities. 

 

We strongly recommend that you stick to online pharmacies verified and continually monitored by a certification group but, of course, we have a special preference for PharmacyChecker.com!




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