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How is an online pharmacy vetted by PharmacyChecker?

Answered by Gabriel Levitt, MA | Posted 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 than available at local U.S. pharmacies.

Online pharmacies are verified for high standards of online pharmacy practice before acceptance into the PharmacyChecker Verification Program and listing on PharmacyChecker.com. Qualifications and credentials are re-checked on an ongoing basis. Online Pharmacy applicants can begin their application here by selecting the "Online Pharmacy Applicants" button and then clicking on "Continue" at the bottom of the page.

Once the application is submitted, PharmacyChecker staff evaluate the online pharmacy to ensure it meets Verification Program standards and is not a rogue. If the website and pharmacy successfully pass this evaluation, the website is approved and provided a Verification Program valid member seal to place on their website.

The program is run by the Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information, Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh — a licensed pharmacist in Massachusetts. 

The following is a sample list of important criteria we check for all online pharmacy applicants:

•    Prescription orders dispensed by licensed pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker

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•    Requires valid prescription

•    Meets website security requirements

•    Publishes customer privacy policy on website

•    Publishes contact information on website for customer service

•    Pharmacist consultation offered to consumers

•    Quantities marketed on website restricted to a maximum of 3 months' supply at a time

•    Disclosure of pharmacy location to consumer prior to purchase

•    Marketing claims checked for accuracy

•    Controlled drugs, such as Vicodin and Xanax not sold internationally to the U.S.

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. These fees cover our administrative costs and allow PharmacyChecker to provide information to consumers for free.

PharmacyChecker was established in 2003 to help consumers find qualified online pharmacies in the U.S., Canada and abroad. PharmacyChecker is also a valuable resource for finding the lowest drug prices available online

PharmacyChecker.com is frequently cited and recommended by popular and well-respected media channels including AARP, CNN, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and the Wall Street Journal.

Updated November 26, 2019

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Comments
How can I know if an online pharmacy actually is a member of CIPA
I have been buying prescriptions for over a year through a Canadian pharmacy
Only to find when recently I tried to place a reorder that the business was no longer functioning. I also read in my local US newspaper that an online Canada company had been fined for selling bogus drugs without their identifying which Pharmacy it was. How can I protect myself from this. I signed up with Pharmacy Checker when I first ordered from the company,, “Canada online.”

Z. McGrath
Florida
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