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Tips for Finding Reliable and Trustworthy Online Pharmacies

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Hip, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    Scamadviser says the site is just 155 days old, so that's not enough time for either a good or bad reputation to become apparent. So you are dealing with a complete unknown. I take it you are aware of post finasteride syndrome; it's important to know the risks.
     
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    And I always get a friendly and timely response from their support team. So would you recommend that I order pills from that website?
     
  3. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    Do you mean unknown, @Hip?
     
  4. peter.machovcak

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    I mean it says that it is CPA approved so I e-mailed CPA - that, in my opinion, is probably the best way to check it but they haven't e-mailed yet.
     
  5. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    Thanks, yes, I meant "unknown". I have fixed it now.


    I prefer to do business with a more established pharmacy. 5-meds.com are not even that cheap. If you look at 5-meds.com's prices for finasteride, you will see that super-cheap pharmacies such as alldaychemist.com (which is an established cheap but reliable pharmacy) are selling for around half the price, compared to 5-meds.com.

    And very high quality pharmacies like inhousepharmacy.vu are only slightly more expensive than 5-meds.com.



    Who are the CPA may I ask, and why do you think they may be the best way to check the reliability of an online pharmacy?
     
  6. peter.machovcak

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    Canadian pharmacy association I think because that webpage claims to be approved by them oh and I am using 5-meds.com because they can ship from germany - I need the medication to be shipped from the EU since in that very case it is not subjected to the customs control because I once ordered those very pills from Russia they arrived and at customs they refused to let it through so if you know of any cheaper and reliable website that ships from within the European Union then please let me know. Thanks :)
     
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  7. Hip

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    Yes that's the unfortunate thing with Canadian law: like the US, UK and Australia, Canada allows 3 month's worth of prescription medications to be imported from a foreign country, provided they are for personal use; however, the law in Canada stipulates that you personally must take these drugs across the Canadian border. So Canadian law makes it impossible in practical terms to import prescription medications, unless you are prepared to fly them in yourself, or cross the US-Canada border with them.

    So I appreciate why you need to have your pharmaceuticals shipped from somewhere like the EU, which Canadian customs will be less likely to check. I don't know of any other pharmacies that can ship from the EU. Presumably shipping from the US would be fine for you also. A good list of reliable pharmacies is found here, so you could email some on this list and ask if they can ship from the EU or US.

    I would think that 5-meds.com should be safe enough, if that's your only recourse at the moment.
     
  8. peter.machovcak

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    Thanks that is what I needed to hear because I am really anxious about buying prescription medications from the Internet (yeah one might say ask your doctor for one but some of them are not even willing to give you one and if they do you often need refills plus prescription medicine in my case -propecia- is really expensive when bought in a local pharmacy - so as someone who is not exactly rich this is my only chance) and I mean technically I could get it from the UK as well (I live in Europe by the way and here you are not allowed to take ANY prescripion medicine without the consent of your doctor whatsoever - at least in the country I live in) but this was the cheapest website I found and it also claims to be CDA and MINA approved - that is why I e-mailed those organisations - to check whether that website is not fraudulent.

    By the way shall I trust rxstars.net - to me it seems legit however it is listed as "rogue pharmacy" at the aforementioned (cannot remember the name of that organisation) website which evoked laughter in me since they are not selling anything - that just proves that the website listing pharmacies as "rogue" just wants to stop people from getting prescription medication - one message to those (sorry for the mean word but I think it is true) idiots - What about the case when your only bet is the prescription medication your doctor for reasons best known to himself does not want to prescribe to you? Did it not occur to you that this might be their only chance? No, because you only want money. Fair enough. And yeah 5-meds.com is my best resource at the moment since I want to save by splitting 5mg propecia into 4 parts - 1mg propecia seems like a giant rip-off to me. Do you agree?

    As to finasteride syndrome should I experience any side effects from propecia be sure that I will discontinue it immediately and try something different. And know that I have spent days researching information about this drug, reading forums etc. so I will be very cautious if I start taking it. I even asked some doctors on forums so I think now I just need to get some genuine generic pills and try this method out.
     
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  9. Hip

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    I have had quite a bit of experience with online prescription-free pharmacies, and the worst thing that happened to me was that, after I bought some medications, I found my credit card details got used fraudulently. This is no big deal for an individual though, as the credit card company covers this.


    I doubt that the law in your country prevents you from taking prescription medicine without a prescription — though certainly you may be prohibited from buying prescription medications in your country, if you don't have a prescription.

    But the law in most countries does allow you to buy and import 3 month's worth of prescription medications, and to do this without a prescription if the overseas pharmacy you buy from does not require one (by the laws in the country where the pharmacy is located).


    Yes, your are referring to LegitScript, who label many excellent and highly reliable pharmacies as "rogue". This is indeed seems to be done to try to prevent the public from buying cheaper generic drugs from abroad. So if any pharmacy has been labelled as "rogue" by LegitScript, just ignore that.


    Yes, to save money it is often a good idea to buy a higher dose pill and cut the pill into smaller parts.



    By the way, for a hair loss treatment, there are a number of good supplements that work well, such as saw palmetto, astaxanthin, evening primrose oil, biotin (inhibit 5-alpha reductase & DHT), as well as topical minoxidil, which you can by very cheaply as Kirkland minoxidil on the UK eBay. I myself have always used these supplements as well as minoxidil, and find they work well.
     
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  10. heapsreal

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    Brandmedicine.com ship from europe, if that helps
     
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    Yes sure it helps! Thanks a lot!
    Yeah you are right - just wrongly expressed myself
    By the way are you fighting hair loss too hip? If so what product has helped you the most?
     
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    Biotin 1000 mcg daily plus topical 5% minoxidil has worked very well for me. If I need an extra boost, I add to that saw palmetto, and/or evening primrose. These inhibit 5AR and DHT, which are one of the main causes of male pattern hair loss. If I take the complete set of supplements, I notice lots of new hair growing within 3 weeks. More info here.

    Finasteride also works by inhibiting 5AR, but I prefer to use a set of several supplements to inhibit 5AR and DHT, rather than finasteride, as that drug has too many side effects and advertise events for my liking.
     
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    What do you mean by that? Please define very well - have you regrown some hair or prevented it from falling out completely? :) And did you have a shed when hopping on minox? And would you say that saw palmetto has been of any help?
     
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    I was wondering where hair loss fitted in with ME!
     
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    I just did a little more investigation into those approvals by CIPA, CPA and MIPA on the 5-meds.com website, and I now think these are fake approvals, which would mean that the 5-meds.com pharmacy should be viewed very suspiciously.

    If you look at any of the pharmacies on the CIPA full member list page — take the pharmacy www.blueskydrugs.com for example — you see that you can click on the CIPA badge on the blueskydrugs.com website, and this opens up a new window showing the official CIPA certificate for that pharmacy. However, on the 5-meds.com website, if you click on the CIPA badge, nothing happens.

    And 5-meds.com is not listed in the CIPA full member list page either.

    So I think 5-meds.com likely has a fake CIPA badge, and therefore think this pharmacy should be avoided.
     
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    I think most of them are trustworthy. There are lot's of brands appeared on a pills market. Most of them are coming from India. These eneric drugs are manufactured by famous Cipla, Ranbaxy and others. The price is from 3$/pill till 0.50$ / pill all depends on people who promote it. If it is easy to find through google search that will be expensive otherwise it will be harder to find it.
     
  18. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    I have just encountered a problem with Goldpharma, at least it is for me. I bought the meds, then instead of asking me to pay by card as usual I was asked to 'fund my wallet' which of course has to be done by international transfer, which I have never done before. I tried through my online banking, but couldn't get it to work, so tried phoning but they are too busy. Luckily I am going into town tomorrow, so hope to sort it out in the branch, but have wasted about an hour getting stressed, when I could have been chatting with you lovely people!
     
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    By international transfer, do you mean you have been asked to transfer money from your bank account number / sort code to their bank account number / sort code? I have done this before through my online banking with Barclays Bank, and it was pretty straightforward, just a case of putting in the recipient's name and bank account details. No different to a bank transfer to another UK bank. Takes about 5 minutes online (or 20 minute with brain fog!).

    The only problem as that I was charged £15 for this; it seems that banks charge extortionate amounts for international transfer.

    Was that the only money transfer option goldpharma provided?


    It is a really shame this is happening to goldpharma. They are a really good pharmacy with tens of thousands of products in their range; far more than other pharmacies of their ilk. And their prices are good too. This problem goldpharma is having is almost certainly as result of action by that organization LegitScript, the stooge of the Western pharmaceutical industry.

    LegitScript have made an agreement with the VISA organization in the US, such that if LegitScript decide to classify a pharmacy as "rogue" — and offering a prescription-free service is enough for LegitScript to give that label — then VISA, by this agreement, will revoke the pharmacy's credit card merchant license, such that they no longer can use the international VISA organization payment network. This prevents a pharmacy from receiving international credit card payments (not just VISA, but any credit card). This is even the case if that pharmacy is not located in the US (which most aren't).

    How LegitScript managed to do such a nefarious deal with the VISA organization, I don't for the life of me know.
     
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  20. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    Yes, it's the only option: bank transfer, something called 'swift' and something else transfer. They have usual options like VISA and Mastercard crossed out now on their website. My problem seems to be the spaces and the numbers of digits, so I need a member of staff at the bank to help me set it up online. My brain is working worse than usual so this is NOT a good time to try to figure out something new.
     

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