Online Pharmacy Safety Ask PharmacyChecker
What’s the difference between the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and PharmacyChecker?
October 04, 2022
CIPA and PharmacyChecker both endeavor to provide information about safe international online pharmacies that are accessible to and affordable for patients, most of whom are seeking lower prices on prescription drugs. Read More
Raising the Bar on Online Pharmacy Verification for 20 Years
September 28, 2022
In PharmacyChecker’s view, online pharmacy safety exists for patients who purchase medicines from websites that transparently market and sell government-regulated prescription drugs, made in accordance with good manufacturing practices, which are filled by duly inspected and licensed pharmacies that... Read More
Don’t Fall for Fake Covid Treatment Scams Online
April 25, 2022
With newly-approved effective treatment options, comes the inevitable online scam artists trying to sell fake Covid treatments, which can be detrimental to your health and/or finances. Read More
Can U.S. doctors and pharmacies send or transfer prescriptions to Canadian pharmacies?
December 03, 2021
If you decide to buy a medication from a pharmacy in Canada and you have a prescription with a U.S. pharmacy, you'll most likely need to request a new prescription from your provider. Canadian and International Mail Order Pharmacies That Accept U.S. Prescriptions. Read More
Conducting Inspections of International Online Pharmacies
November 09, 2021
The world of international online pharmacies is growing at an extremely fast pace. It is important to know how to distinguish a rogue online pharmacy from a legitimate online pharmacy. Some bad actors are very easy to spot: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Read More
Buyer Beware: Don't Fall for These Common Mail Order Pharmacy Scams
October 04, 2021
Canadian and other international online pharmacies can help you (and have already helped millions of Americans) save a lot of money. How much are we talking here? Read More
The History of Buying Viagra Online: In Pfizer We Don’t Trust
August 06, 2021
For 20 years, from the late 1990s until it lost patent protection in the U.S. in 2017, Viagra (sildenafil citrate) was an extraordinary cash cow for drug company Pfizer. It has generated about $34 billion worldwide. Read More
Getting to Know Jeffrey Poirier, Director of the PharmacyChecker Verification Program
July 07, 2021
Pharmacist Jeffrey Poirier has had a long, impressive career in various health care settings. Now, he takes on leading the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, through which online pharmacies, international and domestic, are assessed for compliance with high accreditation standards. Read More
How to Safely Access Abortion Pills Online
June 03, 2021
Ensuring that people access only safe websites for abortion consultation and prescriptions is critical to reproductive health. Read More
Curious about globalization and international online pharmacies? Here's the scoop.
April 07, 2021
To some folks, the word “globalization” has a negative ring to it: the idea that America should focus on its own people and not the rest of the world; lost factory jobs; United Nations bureaucrats; and international elites. Read More
Where can I get supplements made in the USA?
April 06, 2021
When it comes to anything we put inside our bodies, consumers are rightfully concerned as to where and how such products are manufactured. Read More
Ways Seniors Best Organize Their Medications
March 30, 2021
Seniors, or those above the age of 60, are taking prescription medication, and, more often than not, they’re taking more than one medication. According to the CDC, 85% of the U.S. population above 60 took medication in the years 2015 - 2016. Read More
How to Get Xeljanz at a Lower Cost
March 30, 2021
Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is nearly a household name, thanks to a few ubiquitous commercials. It is also — and, put a tin hat on me, I think these facts are connected — exceptionally expensive, running an average of $113 per tablet in the United States. Read More
5 Secrets About Canadian Online Pharmacies
January 08, 2021
"Canadian online pharmacies" has the ring of something that probably doesn't exist, maybe because "Canada" can also be the home of invisible girlfriends and spammers in your inbox. Read More
A Pharmacist's Review of Canadian Online Pharmacies
December 14, 2020
When one thinks of drugs from abroad, Canada is quick to the tongue as a country with affordable drugs and a great healthcare system, which isn’t a coincidence. Read More
Is your online pharmacy safe? How to Know for Sure.
December 07, 2020
I’m a pharmacist, licensed and trained to take care of patients who need prescription drugs. So, you want to be sure you are shopping at a legitimate online pharmacy but don’t know where to start in your search? Completely understandable. Read More
Ordering Brand Name Drugs from Canada is Cheaper. For Generic Meds, It’s Often the Opposite.
December 01, 2020
Drug prices in the U.S. are soaring and the sticker shock at pharmacy counters is sending many online to find financial relief. The prices of the top 20 drugs prescribed to seniors in the U.S. have risen ten times the rate of inflation in the past five years. Read More
Alexa, does Amazon Pharmacy offer the lowest drug prices?
November 18, 2020
In a country full of medical debt and sticker shock at the pharmacy counter, could Jeff Bezos, of all people, be here to save us? Read More
Which Canadian pharmacies have the fastest free shipping?
November 16, 2020
Be advised that medication ordered from outside the U.S. can normally take 2-3 weeks to arrive. If ordering medication from India, it can take even longer. Read More
Metformin RECALL: Where is your metformin made?
November 05, 2020
Nostrum Laboratories has announced with the FDA a voluntary recall on two lots of Metformin HCL extended release tablets of 750mg strength. Read More
How to Get Affordable Birth Control Without a Prescription
November 04, 2020
Although a prescription is always required for birth control, there are ways to obtain a prescription from a doctor without facing the cost or potential anxiety of a face-to-face appointment. Legitimate online pharmacies always require a valid prescription. Read More
I routinely audit online pharmacies located in Canada that sell to Americans. Here are the facts.
October 07, 2020
Through the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, we routinely audit Canadian pharmacies, as well as pharmacies in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, Mauritius, New Zealand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Read More
7 Ways Seniors Can Avoid Online Pharmacy Scams
October 01, 2020
Seniors are the most susceptible to these types of scams. This is mainly because people above the age of 65 are more likely to need medication, maybe even several kinds of daily medication. Read More
I inspected online pharmacies located in India that sell to Americans. Here's what I discovered.
September 11, 2020
I have inspected varying types of pharmacy operations over my career: retail, hospital, mail-order, and international. I was actually the friendly face in your Boston neighborhood CVS at one point! Read More
Is it illegal to order medication online from Canada in 2020?
September 03, 2020
Millions of Americans use online pharmacies, located in Canada and elsewhere, each year. In a 2016 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8% of respondents said they or a member of their household had imported prescription drugs to save money. Read More
Are mail order pharmacies regulated by the FDA?
September 02, 2020
The FDA is a drug-regulator; not a pharmacy regulator. The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is a federal agency that regulates the supply chain of medications sold in the United States. Read More
Fighting Big Pharma: Business Leaders, Social Justice Organizations, Public Health Experts & Internet Freedom Activists Have PharmacyChecker’s Back
August 28, 2020
In America, tens of millions of people are skipping necessary medications because the prices are too high. PharmacyChecker exists to help people, mostly Americans, find prescription drug safety and savings information on the Internet. Read More
How These People Saved Serious Cash On Their Prescription Meds
August 18, 2020
PharmacyChecker’s goal is to help consumers safely access lower-cost drugs. To do so, PharmacyChecker verifies and monitors mail-order pharmacies both abroad and in the U.S. Read More
Janumet (sitagliptin/metformin) Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
July 27, 2020
Janumet is one of the U.S.’s most perplexingly expensive diabetes drugs. A combination of sitagliptin and metformin, the drug works alongside insulin to lower sugar levels in the body. Read More
Which is the safest online pharmacy?
June 22, 2020
Are online pharmacies safe? And, if so, which one is the safest? How do Americans find the best online pharmacy? If you live in the U.S., the answer to these questions is of grave importance due to the exorbitant drug costs at our local pharmacies. Read More
How can HIV patients afford Biktarvy costs?
June 18, 2020
HIV medications, especially those still on patent, are frequently very expensive. With an average retail price of almost $4,000 in the thousands, Biktarvy is no exception. Drug companies constantly churn out new HIV medications. Read More
Can I get prescribed antidepressants or anxiety medication online?
May 31, 2020
Yes, you can get a prescription online for certain antidepressants or anxiety medications. Read More
Can online doctors prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)?
May 31, 2020
Prescribing Xanax via telemedicine. Xanax prescription online legality. Read More
How does coronavirus affect Canadian and international online pharmacy shipping?
April 30, 2020
In the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, we are all trying to do our best to adjust to the new, although hopefully temporary, normal. Online pharmacies included! Read More
Are EpiPens malfunctioning? How can I check if mine is safe to use?
April 16, 2020
The FDA issued an alert of EpiPen auto-injector errors related to the devices malfunctioning on March 23rd, 2020. Read More
Over 600 prescription drug costs increased in the U.S. in 2020. Are they cheaper in Canada?
March 30, 2020
If your prescription drugs are even more expensive this year, remember this: brand name drugs are almost always much cheaper in Canada. The U.S. is notorious for high drug prices, largely because we don’t have federal regulations dedicated to keeping drugs affordable. Read More
Do international pharmacies make medication errors like in the U.S.? Blister Packs vs. Loose Pills
March 04, 2020
Millions of medication errors in the U.S. have caused illness and death to those seeking only to improve their health. When it comes to our pharmacists and the care they take with our prescription meds, we’d like to think patient safety is top priority. And it is, for the pharmacists. Read More
How much does Livalo (pitavastatin) cost without insurance? Is Alipza the same as Livalo?
January 29, 2020
Even with insurance, Livalo, an FDA-approved brand of the drug pitavastatin, can cost around $310 for a three-month supply. It’s understandable that most folks would balk at such price and some would find it impossible to afford. Read More
Do you need a prescription get Viagra? How about substituting a Viagra prescription for the generic?
December 05, 2019
Many people buy erectile dysfunction pills, such as Viagra, without a prescription over the Internet. This is incredibly dangerous. Viagra is known to be one of the most counterfeited medications sold online so don't be fooled by rogue online pharmacies that offer brand-name Viagra. Read More
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
Which pharmacies provide prescriptions via online consultations?
May 03, 2019
All pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, which include those on the PharmacyChecker.com list of approved online pharmacies, require a valid prescription from your doctor or other licensed prescriber. 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 do I order Valium (diazepam) online?
March 19, 2019
Valium (diazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety and seizures, typically creating a calming effect. Valium is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance by the U.S. Read More
Can a U.S. pharmacy transfer a prescription to Canada?
March 14, 2019
The short answer is, generally, U.S. pharmacies cannot transfer a prescription to a Canadian pharmacy. An original prescription from your provider is required. Read More
How do I order a 3-months' supply if different quantities are listed, but my prescription is for 90?
March 14, 2019
The pharmacies listing medications on our website are required to follow PharmacyChecker Verification Program standards and guidance policies, which permit pharmacies to market, sell, process and/or dispense internationally a maximum 3-months' supply of non-controlled medication pursuant to a valid... Read More
Why isn't Ambien (zolpidem) available to order from Canada?
March 04, 2019
The short answer is that no international online pharmacy listed on PharmacyChecker.com sells Ambien (zolpidem) —or controlled medications of any kind — to consumers in the United States. Read More
How can patients get a paper prescription so we can buy meds from Canada? Everyone is e-prescribing!
February 28, 2019
It is true—there are substantial benefits to electronic prescribing (e-prescribing). It facilitates the integration of prescription records into the patient's medical record, has the potential to minimize medication errors, and may reduce prescription theft and forgery of controlled drugs. 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 can I tell 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
What payment methods do verified online pharmacies accept?
February 04, 2019
The short answer to that question is that payment methods vary from pharmacy to pharmacy, but sometimes these methods can be confusing, so we'd like to take this opportunity to explain the differences. Read More
Do Canadian online pharmacies fill prescriptions for Fioricet or Fiorinal? How much does it cost?
January 29, 2019
For starters, Fiorinal (Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine) is a scheduled III controlled substance per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). 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
How can I safely order medication from an online pharmacy?
October 04, 2018
Many people order prescription medications online. Americans buy medications through mail-order pharmacies associated with their health insurance or from independent online pharmacies based in the U.S. Many opt to shop at international online pharmacies due to cost. Read More
Is it legal to order medication online from other countries?
August 29, 2018
If you're in the U.S., it's legal to order a medication online that is mailed directly from a U.S. state-licensed pharmacy. It's not legal, under most circumstances, to order and import medicine from a pharmacy in another country, according to the U.S. 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
Can I order Enbrel from Canadian online pharmacies?
June 14, 2018
Most prescription drugs can be ordered online and mailed to you, but not Enbrel. Currently, the PharmacyChecker verified pharmacies only offer Enbrel for local pick-up, which would be in Canada. This is because Enbrel should be refrigerated at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C) and should not be shaken. 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
Do online pharmacies accept discount cards from manufacturers?
May 02, 2018
In most cases, drug manufacturer discount coupons are accepted at U.S. retail, online and mail-order pharmacies — but not at international online pharmacies, such as the pharmacies verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.... Read More
Why did CanadaDrugs close? Are there safe online pharmacies Americans can order from?
April 24, 2018
CanadaDrugs.com was accredited in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program from 2005 until March 2018. In February 2018, CanadaDrugs.com withdrew from our program. Read More
How many Levitra (vardenafil) pills can my doctor prescribe at one time? How can I cut costs?
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
Do online pharmacies accept medical necessity letters?
April 01, 2018
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 can I benefit from Canadian pharmacies if I have Atrial Fibrillation?
March 28, 2018
Tikosyn (dofetilide) is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of serious irregular heartbeat like atrial fibrillation and flutter. It is used to restore normal heart rhythm and maintain a steady, regular heartbeat. Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Amantadine? What does it look like?
March 13, 2018
Amantadine is a prescription medication used to treat influenza as well as Parkinson's disease. It is often used to treat symptoms of uncontrolled movement disorder. 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 ship Myrbetriq worldwide?
March 05, 2018
Myrbetriq is a prescription medication used to treat an overactive bladder. Many verified online pharmacies listing prices on PharmacyChecker.com provide shipping worldwide. Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Linzess capsules?
February 25, 2018
Currently, 30 capsules of Linzess 145 mcg can cost you as much as $395 ($13 per pill) at your local U.S pharmacy—and that's with a coupon. Read More
How can I buy Acitretin for my psoriasis?
February 19, 2018
Acitretin is a medication that treats severe psoriasis. Read More
Do online pharmacies carry Lupron Depot-Ped?
February 15, 2018
Lupron Depot (leuprolide) is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men and endometriosis, premature puberty, or uterine fibroids in women. Read More
How much is Diclofenac through online pharmacies?
February 01, 2018
Diclofenac gel is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Diclofenac gels reduce hormones that cause pain and inflammation, specifically joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Diclofenac is also available as an oral tablet or patch. Read More
How much does Tobradex cost at online pharmacies?
January 02, 2018
Verified international online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program list prices for Tobradex Ophthalmic Ointment 0.3/0.1 %. Currently, the lowest price for a 3.5 g tube of Tobradex ointment is $25.49. The average U.S. retail price is around $270 for a 3.5 g tube. Read More
Do online pharmacies accept U.S. Medicare insurance?
December 27, 2017
Unfortunately, international online pharmacies do not process U.S. insurance claims for medications. Medications are paid for "out-of-pocket." Although I expect most insurers do not cover the expense under reimbursement, it would not hurt to ask. Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Tretinoin Cream?
December 26, 2017
Tretinoin topical cream, which is a vitamin A derivative prescription drug, is a popular generic retinoid commonly used to treat acne. 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
What reputable Canadian or European pharmacies carry Resolor for treatment of SIBO?
December 11, 2017
Verified international online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program list prices for Resolor (prucalopride succinate). Online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program often work with pharmacies in several countries, including Canada and the UK. 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
Do you online pharmacies sell Atenolol, Levothyroxine, and Atorvastatin?
November 08, 2017
Atenolol is the generic version of brand-name drug Tenormin, which is used to treat high blood pressure. PharmacyChecker.com has prices for brand-name Tenormin and generic Atenolol. Read More
Do online pharmacies sell Meloxicam?
November 02, 2017
Yes, verified online pharmacies listing prices on PharmacyChecker.com offer Meloxicam. 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
Why doesn’t the drug price quoted on PharmacyChecker match the price on the pharmacy website?
October 24, 2017
PharmacyChecker.com provides prescription drug price comparisons among international online pharmacies that we have verified as meeting our pharmacy practice standards. 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
Mesalamine tablets are listed in quantities of 10 sachets. What is that quantity in U.S. terms?
October 15, 2017
Depending on where you are in the world, mesalamine may be available in tablets, capsules, and/or powder sachets. In the U.S., most medications are packaged by the manufacturer in containers with a specific quantity of loose tablets or capsules. 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
Is there a limit to the amount of medication I can order online?
August 31, 2017
Online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program shipping internationally may dispense up to a three-month supply of a non-controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription for which the prescriber permits a three-month supply. Read More
If I order a brand-name medication from an online pharmacy, will they substitute it with a generic?
August 24, 2017
In most instances, when ordering medication from an online pharmacy verified by PharmacyChecker, you will receive the brand version of the medication that you selected during the ordering process. Read More
How can I buy Catapres-TTS patches (for treating high blood pressure) at a lower price?
June 20, 2017
You can find Catapres-TTS patches at a much lower price (over an 80% savings) by taking advantage of the fact that it is sold outside the U.S., by the same company that distributes it in the U.S., at a fraction of the cost. 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
Can you buy Adderall online?
April 26, 2017
You might want to know if you can buy Adderall pills from an online pharmacy and even do so from Canada or other countries because it's cheaper. Read More