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.
Online Pharmacy Safety
Can I get a doctor's prescription online?
October 24, 2019
Sometimes the hardest part of obtaining prescription drugs is actually getting a prescription. Doctor copays can be a real burden and taking time off work to get an appointment can be difficult. So, can you get a prescription online?Read More
Can you tell me how to get Oxycontin over the Internet ASAP?
March 19, 2019
Oxycontin is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the U.S. DEA because it can be abused or lead to dependence.Read More
Are there safe online pharmacies in Mexico?
March 19, 2019
A licensed pharmacy in Mexico, with the requisite prescription requirements, and subject to inspection, could potentially qualify for the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.Read More
How and where can I buy prescription medication without a prescription?
February 07, 2019
In the U.S., all prescription medications require a valid prescription before they can be dispensed by a pharmacy.Read More
How do I know an online pharmacy is legitimate and safe?
February 05, 2019
A legitimate Canadian or international online pharmacy will always require a valid prescription and your order will be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.Read More
Is an online pharmacy that is not verified or no longer verified by PharmacyChecker unsafe?
February 04, 2019
The PharmacyChecker Verification Program is a voluntary credentialing program in which online pharmacies can choose to have their pharmacy evaluated for strict online pharmacy practice standards and licensure.Read More
Is PharmacyChecker trustworthy when looking for a safe online pharmacy?
January 08, 2019
The Verification Program Standards outline the requirements that online pharmacies must meet to publish a PharmacyChecker seal.Read More
Why would an online pharmacy not be accredited by PharmacyChecker?
June 16, 2018
The online pharmacies approved through the Program require valid prescriptions, fill orders through licensed pharmacies, protect and encrypt financial and health information transmitted electronically, and publish a phone number and address that patients can use to reach a licensed pharmacist....Read More
Where is safe to buy Esbriet (pirfenidone) from Canada online?
June 12, 2018
The standard dose of Esbriet is 801 mg per day — 3 capsules, each containing 267 mg of the active ingredient, pirfenidone. In the United States, the current average retail price of one capsule of Esbriet 267 mg is around $35.Read More
How is an online pharmacy vetted by PharmacyChecker?
May 23, 2018
Peer-reviewed and independent research demonstrates that when consumers use PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies to buy medications purchased online (foreign or domestic), they receive lawfully-manufactured, high-quality medication, pursuant to a valid prescription, typically at a much lower price th...Read More
Why is CanadaDrugs closing? Are there other approved pharmacies I can order from?
April 24, 2018
CanadaDrugs.com was verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program from 2005 until March of this year. Last month, CanadaDrugs.com withdrew from our program.Read More
How many Levitra pills can my doctor prescribe at one time?
April 04, 2018
If you choose to buy Levitra locally in the U.S., pharmacies have more latitude to market and sell larger quantities of medication to their customers domestically, in accordance with a written prescription.Read More
How do consumer reviews on PharmacyChecker.com work?
March 11, 2018
Consumer ratings and reviews can provide insight into what one can expect when choosing to purchase medication from an online pharmacy. It's important to distinguish between the PharmacyChecker verification checks from a consumer's rating and review.Read More
Do online pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker require a prescription?
December 17, 2017
If you're ordering Doxepin, a prescription medication in the U.S. that is approved for use under the supervision of a healthcare provider, from a PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacy, you will be required to provide the pharmacy with a prescription that you obtained from your doctor or other licensed p...Read More
Are Repatha and/or Praluent available through Canadian pharmacies?
November 21, 2017
Repatha and Praluent are already available through Canadian pharmacies.Read More
What is Prasugrel from India supposed to look like?
November 02, 2017
Depending on where you are in the world, prescription medications are packaged differently and may look different.Read More
Are Indian pharmacies really safe? The prices are so much lower!
October 23, 2017
Many prescription medications sold in the U.S. are manufactured and distributed by multinational drug companies with facilities throughout the world. The U.S.Read More
Is the Crestor sold online the authentic, brand-name Crestor?
October 15, 2017
Crestor is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca. Brand-name Crestor sold in the U.S., is a product made in Germany and the UK, manufactured by a company called CordenPharma GmbH.Read More
Why do multiple Canadian pharmacies have the same pharmacist manager and address?
September 12, 2017
The simple answer is that, in general, licensed pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program often accept and process orders from multiple PharmacyChecker-approved websites that market and sell prescription drugs.Read More
Why would an online pharmacy approved by PharmacyChecker be listed as “unapproved” by LegitScript?
September 06, 2017
LegitScript and PharmacyChecker both operate online pharmacy verification programs, which in some ways are similar but the differences are substantial.Read More
Do the online pharmacies listed on PharmacyChecker pay a fee?
May 02, 2017
A fee is required for an online pharmacy to apply to the PharmacyChecker.com Verification Program, and, if approved, to list on the PharmacyChecker.com website.Read More