Online Pharmacies, Legal or Not?

We are all aware of the whole fuzz about the illegality of selling and buying prescription meds online. At this moment I don’t think that anybody certainly point to either one direction..

Let’s try to argue against the illegality version:

  • First of all the FDA implies that online pharmacies are illegal, and their affirmation is based on:’ Federal law requires that “A prescription for a controlled substance to be effective must be issued for a legitimate medical purpose by an individual practitioner acting in the usual course of his professional practice” (21 CFR 1306.04(a)).” That fact is, that most meds are not “controlled substances” and that makes them legal for internet sale.
  • On the Internet are only less than 10 US prescriptions distributors. If the Federal Government would have a legal case why aren’t they shut down?
  • Why some states had to come up with their own legislation to ban and enforce the sell of internet prescription drugs to their citizens if a federal low exists? Here is a list of states where internet meds are not allowed:
  • To comply with the federal low all this distributors eliminated the sales of “control substances” like: Ambien, Sonata, Phentermine….and continued their business.

Considering all of the above, unless I am missing something really important I consider that ordering meds online from US pharmacies is totally legal. If this activity wouldn’t be complying with the law closing it down should be a matter of days not weeks!

On the other hand there are hundreds of Overseas, Mexican and Canadian pharmacies of witch legality I’ll try to discuss later.

How do you know witch pharmacy bases its activity on USA? Check to see if they distribute control substances and if they ship in the restricted states mentioned above. They might specifically let you know what meds are distributed from US pharmacies.


Post Author: mark

9 thoughts on “Online Pharmacies, Legal or Not?

    Bailey P

    (May 20, 2010 - 2:02 am)

    Is it legal for Online Pharmacies to sell prescription drugs to people overseas who have no prescription?
    I recently bought some drugs from an online pharmacy in th US and they were shipped to the UK. I know I needed a prescription but i can’t be bothered to go see my miserable doctor and I know what I need as I have familly who are doctors who advised but not prescribed. Are the pharmacies allowed to sell drugs to me knowing I have no prescription

    cookie 85

    (May 20, 2010 - 7:04 am)

    as far as i know no they are not! but if youir family are all doctors they should be able to answer, however, if you havent told them you need to because when anyone starts medication they need a checkup and possibly monitoring like bp and stuff. be carefull.
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    Susie D

    (May 20, 2010 - 7:06 am)

    Some of them have physicians who "review" your history and symptoms, and the "prescribe" the drugs…..quite honestly the whole business is shady, and unsafe.
    Same thing happens when you cross the bored from the US to Mexico – you go to the store, pick out the drugs you want and then a pharmacist will write the prescription on site.

    I wouldn’t take anything that didn’t come directly from a pharmacist after being prescribed by my physician.
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    (May 20, 2010 - 7:08 am)

    I don’t know about the "on-line" pharmacies but I stock up with stuff like derivatives of penicillin when I go to Spain. It is very cheap and is usually the same make as i would get in UK.
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    alan h

    (May 20, 2010 - 7:10 am)

    The health service in the US is years behind the UK. They do not have a NHS prescription service. They may be immoral but are nto illegal.
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    (May 20, 2010 - 7:12 am)

    I guess that would depend upon the drug. What’s sold over the counter in one place, may need a prescription in another.
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    (May 20, 2010 - 7:14 am)

    Yes it was just on Tonight with Trevor Macdonald on ITV1 that it’s perfectly legal to buy on line prescription drugs,but you do so at yer own risk
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    (May 20, 2010 - 7:16 am)

    in the US pharmacies are allowed to sell non-controlled substances online.

    you need to get an ‘online prescription’ first which is a bit in the ‘grey area’

    i’ve never had a problem though – been buying from for a couple years. everything seems legit.
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    (May 20, 2010 - 7:18 am)

    I have purchased from for years and they avoid that problem by getting you to fill out an online questionaire and they send the prescription with the medication for no extra charge.
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