There are many ways where you can verify the license of an online pharmacy. Most of them have a rigorous verification process that requires endorsements or certifications from third parties, some of which have been mentioned below.
- CIPA – Canadian International Pharmacy Association
CIPA is a Canadian association of licensed and retail pharmacies.
- IMPAC – Internet mail Order Pharmacy Accreditation Commission
This is dedicated to the safety of customers and verifies if the prescription medicines are accredited from online pharmacies.
- MIPA- Manitoba International Pharmacists Association
This is dedicated to providing safe and distance care to improve the health of fellow people.
- NCPA – National Community Pharmacists Association
This is dedicated to the growth of independent community drugstores in the US.
- VIPPS – Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Seal
This accredits pharmacies that dispense prescription medicines over the internet.
How to verify the online pharmacy?
The above mentioned pharmacies checker sites can be used to check if they are licensed. You have to enter several of the details over the site like the name of the website you want to check, its license or registration or permit number in order to get the relevant data you are in need of. Providing zip code details and also license status will help you in getting the information soon.
Check for disciplinary actions on the license
If you have to find out if any board disciplinary action has been taken over the license, then you can select the license type after which following the search steps will help you. If there is any disciplinary information in the record, then the search result regarding the license will indicate “yes” in the action column. If you want to see all the disciplinary action available on the record, you must click on the highlighted name.
There are many fake pharmacies online that can manipulate in an efficient way in order to make their website appear legitimate. So checking the license of the drugstore via your state board of pharmacy or any other equivalent state agency will be an important step for you to learn whether the online drugstore you are going to use is legitimate or not. Once you have identified a legitimate online pharmacy, you also need to check if it
- Requires a valid doctor’s prescription in order to dispense you the drugs
- Provides physical address and contact details for you to reach them during discrepancy
- Has a licensed pharmacist readily available to answer your queries