Barbara McKee, opinions columnist for the Albuquerque Tribune, had this to say about online pharmacy safety in a column published today entitled, “Drug scams: Online pharmacies offer low prices, but can you trust them?”

Don’t be fooled by e-mails stating, “We are the safest Canadian online pharmacy.” Ordering from Canada may be cost-conscious, but beware of online stores that don’t have a detailed Web page listing their credentials, license number, years of business and contact numbers, or that have an address that is a P.O. box.

I check out these e-mails about once a week, and 99 percent of them are phony. I use the Web site Edrugsearch.com to look up online drugstores. IMPAC, a U.S.-based accreditation company for mail-order pharmacies, is the watchdog for Edrugsearch, confirming an online drugstore’s credentials.

Don’t forget the shipping and handling prices, which can negate the low-cost medication price. Most importantly, be careful of buying medications that are critical or life-sustaining, such as diabetes or heart drugs. If you do your homework, you can get your prescriptions delivered safely, correctly and on time.

Thanks for spreading the word, Barbara!

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.

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