It is important for consumers to recognize the importance of purchasing prescription drugs from a legitimate online pharmacy. There are a number of organizations doing their part to decrease the volume of illegitimate websites making false claims. Below you will find valuable information on trusted organizations which provide consumers with legitimate resources for online pharmaceutical websites.
The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program was set up by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in response to public concern about the safety of Internet pharmacies. It represents pharmacies in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
The VIPPS program certifies online pharmacies who meet its standards of conduct.
To qualify, a pharmacy must comply with the licensing and inspection requirements of their state and each state to which they dispense pharmaceuticals. They must also demonstrate compliance with VIPPS criteria regarding patient rights to privacy, authentication and security of prescription orders, a recognized quality assurance policy and provision of meaningful consultation between patients and pharmacists.
Approved sites are identified by the VIPPS seal displayed on their Web site. For a full list of approved sites, go to http://www.nabp.net/vipps/consumer/listall.asp.
Other sources of information about buying drugs online include:The Federal Drug Administration
World Health Organization