Doctors and pharmacists agree that the safest place to purchase medicine is from a brick-and-mortar pharmacy. However, if you are going to buy medicine online, it is important to verify that the online pharmacy is accredited by the National Association of Board of Pharmacists. NABP developed the VIPPS program to help consumers find sources for purchasing medicine online safely. To verify an online pharmacy you are considering visit: http://vipps.nabp.net (scroll to bottom and enter URL).
Non-accredited “online pharmacies” are more likely to dispense counterfeit, substandard or tainted medicine. Today, the counterfeit problem is largely outside the U.S. but the risk of more counterfeit drugs entering the U.S. could be heightened if policymakers compromise our current closed, protected medicine supply chain by allowing medicine importation.