Is PharmacyChecker trustworthy when looking for a safe online pharmacy?

Written by Tod Cooperman, MD | Posted January 08, 2019 | Updated November 05, 2020

PharmacyChecker is an independent company that verifies the safety credentials of online pharmacies.

Why Patients Trust PharmacyChecker was established in 2003 to help consumers find qualified online pharmacies and is the only independent evaluator of U.S. and non-U.S. online pharmacies that sell medication to consumers in the U.S. The PharmacyChecker Verification Program is run by Dr. Shivam Patel, a pharmacist licensed in Massachusetts, with a proven track record of dedication to pharmacy quality and patient safety.

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The PharmacyChecker Verification Program

The Verification Program Standards outline the requirements that online pharmacies must meet to publish a PharmacyChecker seal. Those standards ensure that prescription orders placed on PharmacyChecker-verified websites are secure and dispensed by licensed pharmacists from licensed pharmacies, which are checked through the Verification Program. 

To comply with pharmacy laws governing their practices, in addition to our standards, pharmacies in our program package, dispense and ship lawfully-manufactured medications to patients worldwide. Very few pharmacies in our program ship temperature sensitive medications. Those that do are required to meet strict standards that protect a medication's integrity so that people receive safe mail order medications, including applying to the shipping container a temperature indicator with clear directions for the recipient to determine the product's integrity.

Pharmacy members must only market, process, sell and/or dispense medications that have been approved for sale in at least one of the following countries; Australia, Canada, European Union, India (subject to additional restrictions), Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, or the United States. Additionally, international online pharmacy members selling to consumers in the U.S. must require a prescription for prescription medications, as defined by U.S. law; may not dispense controlled substances, as defined by U.S. DEA; and must provide the consumer with a telephone number for consultation with a licensed pharmacist. 

To ensure their continued compliance with standards, we re-check pharmacy licenses, website security, prescription requirements and compliance with other program standards on an on-going basis.

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Research Proves PharmacyChecker-verified Websites Dispense High Quality Medication

Peer-reviewed and independent research shows that as long as consumers use PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies for medications purchased online (foreign or domestic), they receive lawfully manufactured and high quality medication, usually at a much lower price for brand name drugs than available at local U.S. pharmacies.  

It may also be of interest that our company has been widely recommended and referenced over the past 15 years. See our In the News section. 

See our Ask PharmacyChecker answer: Is it safe to order medication online?

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Compare drug prices among reputable online pharmacies

These international generics are much weaker, but still have price value. I literally need to take 3-4 X the dose to get the same effect! But it's still worth it given the outrageous pricing of the US pharmaceutical market if you shop carefully. Of course, one worries about side effects too given the much lower regulatory bar outside the US...
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