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Buying Medicines Online Can Be Dangerous and Deadly, Learn How to Stay Safe and Save Money

As the price of prescription medicine goes up, more and more people are looking for lower-cost options on the Internet. But buying medicines from unsafe sources can be dangerous and deadly.

Up to 96% of the 35,000+ pharmacies operating online are illegal and unsafe. Drugs sold by illegal online sellers are often counterfeit, containing too much, too little, or no active ingredients. Even worse, these fakes may be made using toxic substances, like fentanyl, floor wax, mercury, concrete, road tar, paint thinner, anti-freeze and other poisons – contributing to up to one million deaths worldwide each year. Buying from illegal online pharmacies also increases the risk of credit card and identity theft.

Even so, nearly 55% of Americans still report that they have or would buy medicine online, usually for convenience or cost reasons. The scary part is, less than 5% know how to find safe pharmacy sites online.

But you can stay safe and save money – and ASOP can help. Use the tools and resources below to keep you and your family safe – and keep your costs down.

GoodRx collects prices, coupons & discounts from over 60,000 legitimate, licensed U.S. pharmacies.

RefillWise offers a discount card that helps you save on prescription drugs prices at all major U.S. pharmacies.

NeedyMeds helps patients find Patient Assistance Programs that provide free or discounted medicines to people who are unable to afford them.

LegitScript maintains the world’s largest comprehensive database of regulated healthcare products, organized by legitimacy and safety. LegitScript monitors and catalogs warnings from over 100 government agencies on an on-going basis and follows regulatory developments in nearly 20 countries around the world.

The .pharmacy verified domain, established by NABP, creates a safe space for consumers throughout the world to purchase medicine online, while enabling businesses to show that their websites are trustworthy. Unlike seals of approval posted on websites, the .pharmacy domain is part of a website’s address and cannot be faked.

Download this handy checklist with five tips to help you stay safe and save money when buying medicine.

Print our brochure for even more safety and cost-savings ideas and information.

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Watch this video to learn more about the risks U.S. consumers who order prescription medicines from Canadian pharmacy websites face.