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Before You Buy, Verify

Beware of fraudulent and unsafe prescription medication sold on websites and social media platforms.

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Safe Online Pharmacies

It is essential to stay informed about safe ways to buy medication. Buying prescription medicine online or through social media may seem to cost less, but it can put you, or your loved ones, at risk. Make sure a website is reputable to safely order prescription drugs and medicine online.

NABP has identified more than 40,000 websites that fail to comply with NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards, or applicable laws.

Nearly 95 percent of websites offering prescription-only drugs online operate illegally.

89 percent of illegal online pharmacies reviewed by NABP did not require a valid prescription for the sale of prescription-only medicine.

38% of Americans know of an event where someone — either themselves or another — got substandard or falsified prescription medication from an online pharmacy, according to ASOP.

Purchase Medication From Legitimate Websites

Safe, verified online pharmacies will meet the following requirements:

  • Be licensed by regulators in the jurisdiction in which they are located, as well as regulators in the patient’s jurisdiction
  • Accept only valid prescriptions
  • Comply with applicable drug laws and professional practice laws
  • Provide readily accessible contact information for patient care inquiries
  • Comply with privacy laws and ensure patient confidentiality
Before you buy, click here to see how you can verify.

Verify Before You Buy: Check the Safe Site Search Tool

To protect yourself when ordering medications online, use NABP’s Safe Site Search Tool. You can check whether a website is accredited by NABP or not recommended by searching for the web address.

Another way to find an accredited website is to look for .pharmacy at the end of the web address. When a website ends in .pharmacy, it has been accredited by NABP. Unlike logos, the .pharmacy domain cannot be faked or forged.

For those interested in applying for a .pharmacy domain, visit our main website

NABP identifies a website as Not Recommended when, upon review, it appears to be out of compliance with NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards, or applicable law. Some Not Recommended websites do not sell drugs directly. Instead, they refer patients to websites that operate in violation of NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards, or applicable law.

Not Recommended websites commonly facilitate:

If you believe your website is mistakenly included on the Not Recommended List, email RogueRx@nabp.pharmacy to request information about NABP’s appeals process.

If a website you visited is suspicious, but is not currently listed as Not Recommended, report it.

Risks of Buying From an Unverified Website

Some illegal online pharmacies pretend to be based in Canada to give the illusion of more stringent regulations and safer drugs, but they may be based in countries without the regulatory safeguards found in the US and Canada. Read more in NABP’s Rogue Rx Activity Report.

Learn more about Charlie’s story from Song for Charlie, a family-run nonprofit charity dedicated to raising awareness about the emerging dangers of self-medication and casual drug use in the fentanyl era.

Other online drug sellers sell deadly pills laced with fentanyl. These dangerous medications are often sold through social media platforms and target adolescents and young adults. Fentanyl-laced pills have been found in every state and are linked to numerous deaths throughout the US. According to Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. A dose of only 2 milligrams, the size of two grains of salt, is fatal for most people. Learn more about the threats illegal drugs pose in DEA’s National Drug Threat Assessment.

Educational Resources

Spread the word in your community about buying medication safely online with this Verify Before You Buy media kit. Download resources including