Founded in 2003 by a medical doctor, PharmacyChecker.com is an online database designed for the express purpose of helping consumers to find reputable online pharmacies, as well as the drugs sold by these pharmacies at the lowest possible prices. Currently, Pharmacy Checker's verification program is the largest and most reputable of its kind, frequently referenced by popular media outlets such as Consumer Reports, Smart Money and AARP Magazine.
For most users, the bulk of Pharmacy Checker's functionality is found on its homepage. Simply enter the name of a drug, search for it, and choose the drug you're looking for from the search results. The results will include both generic and name brand versions of the drug. After picking the exact drug you're seeking, choose the desired dosage size from the available list. Pharmacy Checker will display a new page with detailed information regarding the drug's availability and pricing at all of Pharmacy Checker's verified pharmacies. As alternatives to searching, Pharmacy Checker allows you to browse drugs alphabetically or choose from a list of the most popular products.
Pharmacy Checker's price comparison sheet appears as a grid, and is sortable according to total price, cost per pill, standard shipping fees, additional fees, the total cost including shipping, Pharmacy Checker's rating for each pharmacy (between 1 and 5), and whether a prescription is required. Other information is provided for each pharmacy as well, including supported countries, the estimated shipping time, quantity of pills per package and even a link that you can follow to contact the pharmacy by phone.
The Pharmacy Checker verification process has several strict requirements, ensuring that only the most reputable and legitimate pharmacies make the list. These requirements include:
- A valid pharmacy license in one of Pharmacy Checker's accepted countries
- Valid US DEA registration if controlled substances are sold
- Strict original prescription requirements
- Current and correct contact information
- Compliance with a Pharmacy Standards Agreement
In order to request a Pharmacy Checker verification process, online pharmacies must pay a $367 fee, followed by a $105 fee each month. All licensed pharmacies can apply, including veterinary pharmacies, HMOs, and wholesale and retail pharmacies.
Those considering purchasing from an online pharmacy are advised to check the About Online Pharmacies page at Pharmacy Checker. This page includes detailed information regarding the benefits and risk of online pharmacies, US drug regulations, controlled substances, counterfeit medication, foreign pharmacies, intellectual property and more.