CIPA - Canadian International Pharmacy Association
The Canadian International Pharmacy Association, or CIPA, is an association of trusted, licensed retail Canadian pharmacies with a history of serving over a million individuals per year in the US since 2002, when the organization was founded. Several organizations, including Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Bing recognize CIPA as a trusted source for information regarding the distribution of prescription drugs over the Internet.
In order to become a member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, an online pharmacy must adhere to a strict set of polices and standards. As part of this, the online pharmacy must require a valid, signed prescription written by the patient's own doctor or another licensed, authorized health care provider who has conducted a face-to-face examination of the patient. When you visit an online pharmacy, you can see whether it has been certified by CIPA by looking for the CIPA seal on their homepage.
A visit to the CIPA homepage is ideal for individuals who already have an online pharmacy in mind that they'd like to verify. Simple enter the exact URL of the pharmacy in question and click "Verify" to check its legitimacy. If you have yet to select an online pharmacy, click the "About CIPA" link at the top of the CIPA homepage. This will reveal a list of selected CIPA pharmacies, consisting of the best and most reputable online pharmacies verified by CIPA.
If you've never purchased drugs from an online pharmacy in the past, it's advisable to view the Patient Safety page on the CIPA website. Here, you'll find bullet point information pertinent to online pharmacy safety. Topics including identifying pharmacies that correctly require prescriptions, contacting pharmacy regulatory agencies, and ensuring that the online pharmacy you're considering is following all standard pharmacy regulations.
Although verifying the safety and legitimacy of online pharmacies is CIPA's primary goal, they also strive to only include online pharmacies that offer affordable prices. By purchasing from an online pharmacy verified by CIPA, you can expect to receive good discounts on popular brand and generic medications.
In addition to their verification website, CIPA offers an iPhone app that allows you to receive news from CIPA and verify online pharmacies individually.