How to Confirm the Legitimacy of an Online Pharmacy?
With many advances in technology, coupled with our desire for all things accessible, buying prescription medication online is a logical and desirable convenience for many people. However, there are several websites that claim to be real pharmacies, but instead, sell fake, mislabelled, and often dangerous medicine.
Figuring out which pharmacies are authentic and which ones are unsafe doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re looking into switching to an online pharmacy like PocketPills, but also wondering how you can confirm its legitimacy before proceeding, there are steps you can take.
Check the Pharmacy’s Website
When checking the validity of an online pharmacy, an excellent starting point is to check the site itself. Illegitimate pharmacy websites often have spelling/grammar errors and an overall unprofessional look. You may also experience difficulties locating an address for the pharmacy, or a phone number that you can call and speak to someone. If there is an address on the website, be sure to verify the whereabouts of that address by doing the necessary web searches.
PocketPills can be contacted through the app/website, by phone/text at 1-855-950-7225, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have offices in British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, serving throughout Canada. The accreditation number and addresses of each pharmacy can be found on the footer of our website.
Check for Licensing and Memberships
Pharmacies operating in Canada must be licensed and accredited by the appropriate regulatory body. Trustworthy online pharmacies will often have their licensing and membership information displayed on their websites.
PocketPills is licensed by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, and the Ontario College of Pharmacists. This licensing information can be found in the footer of every page of the PocketPills site and can be confirmed on the websites of each of these regulatory bodies.
Verify on the Safe (dot) Pharmacy Website
The safe.pharmacy website is an excellent resource for anyone looking to verify the legitimacy of a pharmacy website. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is a nonprofit organization that works with the state boards of pharmacy.
Their goal is to protect public health while ensuring that families receive the best pharmacy care possible. The safe.pharmacy website has a search tool where you can type in the web address of any online pharmacy to see if it is among their list of verified sites. PocketPills is a recognized and validated online pharmacy on the Safe Pharmacy site.
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Check Prescription Requirement
Another red flag when reviewing the legitimacy of an online pharmacy is a pharmacy that offers to sell you prescription medication without a valid prescription from a medical professional. Doctors and other medical professionals consider many factors when prescribing medication. These factors may include age, weight, known allergies/contraindications, other medicine the patient is taking, etc. Online pharmacies that dispense medication without taking any of these factors in consideration should be avoided.
Additionally, many of these fraudulent sites give the impression that they are “doing you a favour” by not requiring a prescription. Some people may feel embarrassed or ashamed to speak to their doctors about sensitive topics, like sexual health, hair loss, weight loss, etc. Getting medication to treat any of these issues without a prescription will avoid the need to discuss it with your doctor.
It is important to remember that doctors are medical professionals who are there to assist you with your health and talk to you about your concerns. You should never feel ashamed or shy about speaking to your doctor. In addition to this, the medication that these fraudulent pharmacies provide may be counterfeit, have varying levels of active ingredients, dangerous additives, etc. In the end, going this route will likely cause more harm than good.
For these reasons, it is strongly advisable to avoid any pharmacy that offers prescription medication when a prescription isn’t presented. All prescription medications dispensed at PocketPills are sourced from the same Canadian wholesalers that service other pharmacies across the country. All of our prescription medications require a valid script from a Canadian prescriber.
Getting your medication from a trusted online pharmacy like PocketPills is a safe, convenient, and simple process. If you still have questions about PocketPills after reading this article, please feel free to contact us, and we would be more than happy to assist.