From the time the first virus was hatched on the Internet, we've always known it to be a virtual existence that made our computers "sick." With illegal online pharmacies, a biological dimension to the word might not be too remote. Illegal online pharmacies have been sprouting everywhere and while their counterfeit or expired drugs don't necessarily carry biological contaminants, the possibility that they do is very high. For this reason, it is important to ensure that the online pharmacy you look to buy from is legal.
Determining whether or not an online pharmacy is legit may not be that easy. Anybody can put up a site and make it look honest and professional but there is simply no way of telling except through awareness. From this, one will have a greater chance of buying from a good source.
An online drugstore conducts its business through the Internet but that's not to say it won't have a physical location. If it's legal, it will need a place in which to stock its products and perform its office functions. Look for an address and contact information within the website and make sure the business is located in the United States and, therefore, subject to government regulation. The better if they have a toll-free number that you can call for anything you might need to ask or be clear about.
If you want to cut the chase, check with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to prove an online drugstore's legitimacy. Look for a Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites certification which indicates that its physical site has been inspected by a team of experts and the business has complied with VIPPS requirements and standards. You'll want to be extra careful on this, though, as bogus sites could easily copy the genuine ones' certification seal and display it on their site. For added assurance, you can look for an approval from the store's home state which can be very strict with business regulations.
Another major issue to check on is the presence of on-call pharmacists who can listen and give answers you when you need to ask questions about drugs you're looking to buy. They should be able to offer reliable advice on things that you may be unsure of regarding your drug purchase.
Once you're sure that the online drugstore you plan to purchase from isn't bogus, you'll next want to look if the site is encrypted, meaning, protected from hackers. Since you'll probably be paying with your credit card, you'll want to make sure that nobody steals your information, specifically your username and password. A site that has a small image of a padlock on a corner of your browser will indicate that the site is secure.
When drugs expire, they break down into components that may harbor growth of viruses and other potentially harmful microorganisms. To avoid health risks posed by expired or counterfeit drugs, make sure you buy your medicines only from authorized dealers, online or off.