When ordering prescriptions online, beware of online pharmacies that are not licensed in your state or in the U.S. It is important to verify that the online pharmacy you are ordering your prescription from is legally licensed to dispense pharmaceutical drugs. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends verifying your pharmacy through the Professional Association of the State Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). NABP further recommends using online websites accredited through the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) to ensure that online pharmacies have undergone a rigorous accreditation process. NABP also lists non-recommended online pharmacies.
CVS.com is a VIPPS-accredited pharmacy, operating the most drugstores across the country with more than 7,000 locations. CVS online pharmacy delivers prescription orders to any valid U.S. and P.O. box address, including military, APO and FPO addresses. They also deliver to the U.S. territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands. Standard shipping is free for prescription deliveries (5 to 10 business days). Controlled substances such as a Schedule II (C-II) drugs are shipped via express delivery and require an adult signature. Medications that require refrigeration are likewise shipped express with cold gel packs to maintain temperature. These also require an adult signature at delivery.
Walgreens is a chain of drugstores founded by pharmacist, Charles R. Walgreen in 1901. There are now more than 5,000 stores across the country. Walgreens.com is a VIPPS-accredited pharmacy that delivers pharmacy orders to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marina Islands. Pharmacy orders are not shipped from local stores, but from a central fulfillment center. Standard delivery (5 to 10 business days) for prescriptions is free. Class II controlled substances require a signature upon delivery.
Drugstore.com is an online, VIPPS-accredited pharmacy that delivers pharmacy orders via standard mail for a modest cost. Other shipping methods and rates are available. Refrigerated drugs must be shipped overnight. Drugstore.com ships to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and APO and FPO military addresses. Standard shipping is free for members of certain mail-order prescription drug programs. According to Drugstore.com, they accept 95 percent of insurance plans, but do not accept Medicaid or plans that use Medco as a claims processor.
RxDirect.com is a full-service, VIPPS-accedited mail order and online pharmacy. RxDirect offers free shipping on all orders for standard delivery; for an additional charge, orders can be shipped via overnight, second- or third-day air, or Saturday delivery. RxDirect accepts faxed orders from physician’s office only. Original prescriptions for controlled substances originating from outside the state of Texas must be mailed to RxDirect in order to be filled.
Familymeds.com is a fully licensed and accredited retail and mail order pharmacy accredited through VIPPS. It complies with the requirements of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Act. Familymeds.com provides the SafeRxfil guarantee which ensures that a triple check process is performed prior to an order being packaged and sent out. This site also offers free standard shipping for prescriptions and overnight orders, as well as second-day shipping for an additional cost.
William Peterman is a registered nurse with experience in mental health, surgery, urology, drug research and critical care. Peterman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and also has a Master of Business Administration. His articles on health and nutrition have appeared on various online publications.