Internet pharmacies are pharmacies that operate over the Internet and send the orders to customers through the mail or shipping companies.
Online or internet pharmacies might include:
- Pharmacy benefit manager - A large administrator of corporate prescription drug plans
- Legitimate internet pharmacy in the same country as the person ordering.
- Legitimate internet pharmacy in a different country than the person ordering. This pharmacy usually is licensed by its home country and follows those regulations, not those of the international orders.
- Illegal or unethical internet pharmacy. The web page for an illegal pharmacy may contain lies about its home country, procedures, or certifications. The "pharmacy" may send outdated (expired shelf life ) or counterfeit medications and may not follow normal procedural safeguards.