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Consumer Reports' Drugstore Ratings: 94% of Shoppers "Highly Satisfied" With Independents; Some Irked By Long Waits at Big Box Stores
Date:4/5/2011

are swimming with the sharks.   That's because of the heavy influence of brand drugmakers with billions of dollars to spend on marketing to consumers.  A second consumer concern involves the abundance of rogue pharmacies. Of the more than 7,000 online drugstores whose practices the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has reviewed, only about 3.5% appear   to be legitimate.

Some steps consumers can take when buying drugs online:

  • Note that credible online pharmacies include those affiliated with physical stores such as www.CVS.com.
  • Make sure an unfamiliar site is licensed by your state's Board of Pharmacy.  To do so, search for, say, "California board of pharmacy," and follow the links to verify that the site is legitimate.
  • Look for the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal, a good sign that a site complies with regulations that adhere to best pharmacy practices.  
  • Check the NABP for a list of sites that it does not recommend. Go to www.nabp.net/programs.
  • Also, check LegitScript, another organization that verifies pharmacies doing business online in accordance with NABP recognized standards. Go to www.legitscript.com.

MAY 2011

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