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How Does an Online Pharmacy Work?

November 15, 2019
How Does an Online Pharmacy Work?

Canadian PharmacyYou’ve probably read about the advantages of using an online pharmacy, but you’d still like a little more information about how it works. There may also be concerns about safety and reliability or what happens if you don’t have insurance coverage.

Our goal is to give you the lowdown about Online pharmacies so that you can make informed decisions about your health support services.

What is an Online Pharmacy?

Online pharmacies are licensed pharmacies that dispense medications through the mail. They could be an online support service provided by a brick-and-mortar drug store or a dedicated online-only eCommerce business.

However, they must follow the same laws and regulations regarding controlled substances, and you’ll still need a prescription if it is required by law.

Read on to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Online prescription services.

Are Online Pharmacies Safe?

Online pharmacies are perfectly safe as long as they’re legitimate businesses run by a licensed pharmacist. Unless the company you’re working with is a known brand, it’s hard to tell by their website alone if they’re legit. Things you should look for are a physical address and phone number, license number, and offsite customer reviews.

Other signs of trouble include:

  • They’ll fill prescription meds without a prescription
  • No licensed pharmacists available to answer questions
  • Prices that seem too good to be legit

Buying from an unlicensed or shady operation could result in you getting the wrong drugs, drugs that aren’t at the right strength or dosage, and pills or liquids that don’t actually contain the medication you need.

How Does the Process Work?

You simply find an online pharmacy that’s licensed and has your prescriptions in stock. You can have your doctor fax or call your information into the online pharmacy.

Once you’re all set up with an account, and the Online pharmacy has your prescription and insurance information, you simply browse the online store and shop for your meds. Although some online pharmacies offer expedited service, you should fill any prescriptions that you need immediately at a physical location; delivery could take up to 14 business days. Maintenance medications should be refilled at least two weeks before your supply runs out and let them know if any of your automated refills have been discontinued or changed.

Final Thoughts

Online pharmacies work in much the same way as traditional drug stores, minus the hassle. Before you choose an online pharmacy, make sure that it’s licensed and has a good reputation with customers. It’s also important to get all of your prescriptions filled by the same pharmacy whenever possible, as well as provide information about what other prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re taking to avoid problems.

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