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.
Do online pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker require a prescription?
Yes. No exceptions.
The PharmacyChecker Verification Program is only open to pharmacies that dispense prescription medication pursuant to a valid prescription.
Verified Online Pharmacies Require a Prescription
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 prescriber.
Verified Online Pharmacies Do Not Sell Controlled Substances
Alprazolam is considered a schedule IV controlled substance by the U.S. DEA because it can be abused or lead to dependence. International online pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program do not sell or ship controlled substances to consumers in the U.S. Our program is not open to pharmacies outside the U.S. that dispense/ship controlled medications to consumers in the U.S.
Online Pharmacies That Do Not Require a Prescription
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 online pharmacies are known as rogue online pharmacies and are not verified by PharmacyChecker.com or other organizations. Although online pharmacies can provide an important tool to consumers looking for affordable medications, we strongly recommend that you stick to online pharmacies verified and continually monitored by a certification group.
A peer-reviewed study showed 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.
To learn more about the important role our verifications play read a former Ask PC answer: How come most online pharmacies are not verified by PharmacyChecker.com?Updated November 26, 2019