PharmacyChecker experts answer consumer questions related to affording lower-cost, prescription medications.
We help people afford the medication they need by verifying online pharmacies and comparing their prices. Drug prices are out of control. Americans face the highest medication prices in the world. That's why millions of Americans choose to buy medication from other countries.
Our Panel of Experts
Tod Cooperman, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues.
Gabriel Levitt, MA
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Levitt oversees all business operations, development and research. He is a public advocate for prescription drug affordability.
Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information
Dr. Patel provides expert knowledge regarding safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance, drug safety, and patient access to affordable medication.
The information provided on Ask PharmacyChecker is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is it an endorsement of any product or service.
If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
Can you tell me how to get Oxycontin over the Internet ASAP?
Oxycontin is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the U.S. DEA because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Controlled substances are subject to additional restrictions and oversight based on this classification.
Pharmacies Located in the U.S.
Pharmacies located within the U.S. that dispense controlled substances over the Internet must comply with the Ryan Haight Act Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008. This legislation was designed to combat rogue internet pharmacies from selling controlled substances online.
Under the Ryan Haight Act, no controlled substance (such as Oxycontin) may be delivered, distributed, or dispensed by means of the Internet without a valid prescription. The Act also provided a definition of online pharmacies and added the requirements that online pharmacies dispensing controlled substances via the internet: (1) obtain a modified CS registration to operate as an online pharmacy and (2) comply with internet website disclosure requirements—as described in the Act.
International Online Pharmacies
Our Verification Program is not open to pharmacies outside the U.S. that ship Oxycontin, or controlled medications of any kind to consumers in the U.S.
Unfortunately, many online pharmacies do not require a valid prescription or any prescription at all, do not process orders through licensed pharmacies, illegally and unethically sell controlled substances (addictive drugs), intentionally sell counterfeit or adulterated medication, do not safeguard patients' financial and health information, and/or steal people's identities. These are known as rogue online pharmacies and are not verified by PharmacyChecker.com or other organizations.
A peer-reviewed study shows that online pharmacies that are not verified by PharmacyChecker.com, or other credentialing groups, are more likely to sell counterfeit medications, including fakes with dangerous ingredients.
Do Not Buy Controlled Substances from Abroad
We highly recommend that if you choose to obtain this medication online you work with a pharmacy located within the U.S. registered with the DEA as a pharmacy authorized to sell controlled substances via the Internet.
Based on My Condition I Cannot Visit the Pharmacy in Person and Need the Medication Immediately
For situations when you need medications immediately due to illness, mail order is not usually an option due to time required to ship the medication. However, some local pharmacies do offer delivery services. You may be able to find a local pharmacy that will deliver the medication, which will be helpful based on your immobility.
Opioid addiction, to both legal prescription narcotics and illegal drugs like heroin is a national crisis in America. We strongly advise against ever attempting to acquire prescription opioids unless under the care of a health practitioner who prescribes it for you.Updated November 26, 2019