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How can I tell if a website I want to order medication from is reputable?

You may like the convenience of having medications shipped to your house, but how can you know if a pharmacy website is legal and reputable?
You will want to order from a website that is for a state-licensed pharmacy in the United States. In order to do so, you must have a valid prescription from a pharmacist. It’s important to make sure you are ordering from a reputable site within the United States for two reasons:
  1. Medications that you buy from other countries will not have been regulated for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),and
  2. Importation of medications from other countries is, in most cases, illegal.
To buy medicines in the United States online, you can find out if a website is a state-licensed one by contacting the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Websites that meet NABP standards will display a seal called VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites).
 

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