Discount Pharmacies

Written by Sarah Provost
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Every year, there are a million more people who do not have insurance coverage for prescription drugs. And every year, the price of those drugs increases, at a rate four times that of inflation. For these reasons, many people are turning to discount pharmacies online to obtain needed medications.

Online pharmacies can be a valid and useful source of lower-priced products. However, when your health is concerned, you do need to be especially careful. The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidelines to help you order pharmaceuticals online safely.

Guidelines for Safe Use of Online Pharmacies

The most important rule is to obtain a prescription for a new medication from a personal visit to a doctor. Some sites offer "online consultations" and will sell you a medication with that doctor's approval. This may be all right if it's a medicine you've been taking for years for an ongoing condition, but you must always consult a doctor in person before starting any new treatment.

Be certain to use a licensed pharmacy. You can check with either your state board of pharmacy or the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to verify their standing. Also be certain that you can easily get access to a licensed pharmacist if you have any questions about your order.

Finally, be certain that your personal information is protected. Don't provide your social security number, credit card number, or health history unless the site guarantees they will be safeguarded. Also, be certain the site will not share your personal information with others.

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