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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.
How can I trust PharmacyChecker when looking for a safe online pharmacy?
You can trust information from PharmacyChecker despite discovering a spelling error on a verified online pharmacy's website, as explained below — and thanks for asking!
While PharmacyChecker does not include spelling or grammar checks in our routine compliance reviews, we do the important work of verifying the safety credentials of online pharmacies. If spelling errors are noticed during a review, we'd bring it to the attention of the pharmacy website. However, it makes sense that a person would think at least twice before ordering medication from a website with spelling errors!
But here's why should you trust information from PharmacyChecker...
PharmacyChecker.com 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.
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-approved websites are secure and dispensed by licensed pharmacists from licensed pharmacies, which are verified in 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 PharmacyChecker.com standards, we re-check pharmacy licenses, website security, prescription requirements and compliance with other program standards on an on-going basis.
Peer-reviewed and independent research shows that as long as consumers used PharmacyChecker-verified pharmacies for medications purchased online (foreign or domestic) they would 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.
To read the answer to a question related to this one, please see is it safe to order medication online.