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  1. BeSafeRx: Your Source for Online Pharmacy Information

Know Your Online Pharmacy

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Fake online pharmacies can manipulate their websites to appear legitimate, so checking the pharmacy’s license through your state board of pharmacy (or equivalent state agency) is an important step to know whether you are using a safe and legal online pharmacy.

Choose your state from the list below to go to your state board of pharmacy’s license database. The links to databases provided below are maintained by your state agency.

If you cannot confirm that an online pharmacy is licensed in the United States, you should not use that online pharmacy.

Once you have identified a state-licensed online pharmacy, also make sure the pharmacy:

  1. Requires a valid prescription from your doctor;
  2. Provides a physical address and telephone number in the United States; and
  3. Has a licensed pharmacist to answer your questions.



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