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What Are the Best Tips for Buying Online Prescription Drugs?

Online prescriptions have been criticized for the potential of abuse.
Online pharmacies usually charge a consultation fee for prescriptions.
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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 21 July 2014
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When buying online prescription drugs, always make sure that you choose a reputable pharmacy, make sure the prescription suits your needs, and compare prices. It's important to put safety first when purchasing medications online. Prices are often of secondary consideration.

One of the best tips for buying online prescription drugs is to choose a reputable pharmacy. This may be a pharmacy that is well established, is recommended by medical professional that you respect, or has the endorsement of a reputable comparison Web site or business. The most important consideration, however, may be whether or not the pharmacy meets the licensing, registration, and operating requirements of your location. Laws and licensing requirements are typically intended, at least in part, to ensure people's safety.

Since pharmaceutical laws vary depending on the part of the world in which you live, buying prescription drugs from other countries could be dangerous. If the pharmacy is based in a country that has more relaxed drug laws, you may receive unsafe or contaminated medication. You may even receive the wrong medication, so you should check your purchase carefully to make sure that it's labeled correctly and matches the correct description of the medication. Be aware that you may have difficulty returning an item if the pharmacy is very far away.

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Consider the use of remote physician consultations very carefully. When a pharmacy offers remote consultations, a medical professional consults with a patient over the phone or via the Internet, prescribing medications without ever seeing him or her in person. While most online pharmacies accept prescriptions a patient receives from his or her own healthcare provider, some consumers like the convenience of getting prescriptions without leaving home.

The practice of providing remote prescription consultations is controversial. Its proponents assert that it is safe, saying that the questions of a remote medical professional are often sufficient to ensure that the right medication is prescribed. Opponents say there’s a risk that the wrong medication or dose will be prescribed, or that the prescription will interact poorly with the patient's other medicines. Some even fear that a remote healthcare professional will overlook the symptoms of a potentially serious condition.

Prices vary among online pharmacies, and it's important to compare costs. Since there are many online pharmacies, there’s often competition in terms of the pricing of drugs, remote consultations, and even shipping. If you take some extra time to research several pharmacies, you may be able to find one that offers the lowest prices for the prescriptions you needs. Some online pharmacies even offer free online consultations and shipping.

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