Maybe, if the pharmacy is VIPPS accredited.
The question came up about getting medicines a little cheaper from some of the online places. It’s really confusing because FDA has determined that 98+% of online pharmacies are sham. 800Petmed is holding up “pretty well” but still won’t rate human drugs because of idiosyncrasies in sourcing and handling medications.
The only way to know if an online pharmacy has been visited, investigated and looked at with any scrutiny at all, is VIPPS certification.
But the media is giving considerable lip service to the “dot-pharmacy” domain as a legitimizing factor. But it’s not.
VIPPS certification is. In fact, the only way to know if an online pharmacy has been visited, investigated and looked at with any scrutiny at all, is VIPPS certification.
And dot-pharmacy and VIPPS come from the same certifying organization, “The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy” who are, legitimately, the watchdogs of the industry. Better at it, than the FDA itself.
Here’s what you have to know about dot Pharmacy domains.
If you have a BUSINESS LICENSE as a PHARMACY you get a dot-pharmacy. That is IT. That’s the EXTENT of the requirement to get a dot-pharmacy from NABP.
If you uphold a hundred different standards of supply-chain, custody, handling, and filling prescriptions, you can ALSO have VIPPS certification from the NABP.
Absolutely NO online pet pharmacy has ‘toed the line’ sufficiently to achieve VIPPS certification because of grey market diversion. (Buying from veterinarians or in other global markets to resell) instead of directly from the manufacturer. Having counterfeit medications also knocks you out of contention for VIPPS certification.
So, don’t get too comfortable with “dot-pharmacy” titles. Anyone with a pharmacy business license can get one. You could LITERALLY be under investigation by the State Board of Pharmacy and still get it. And a license doesn’t mean squat. Michael Vick had a license to own dogs. And Enron had accreditations and licenses all over the place. A business license doesn’t equal “okay” or “legal”.
This is an older video and the journalist did not know that all it takes to get a NABP “dot-pharmacy” domain name was a state issue Pharmacy business license.