With the skyrocketing price of drugs, a lot of patients are bound to cringe when the pharmacist rings up the cost of their prescription. That's why so many people now are turning to the internet for discounts.
One website, www.destinationrx.com, compares the prices of several on-line pharmacies. You can save a few dollars on something like ibuprofen, to well above $64 on more costly stuff like Fluoxetine. There is a shipping charge, but even so, the savings may be worth it.
But before you drop a drug in your on-line shopping cart, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy says you need to be very cautious. Apparently, a lot of on-line consumers are coming into pharmacies with questions that can't be answered. "We're finding that patients are coming into pharmacies with Ziplock bags with drugs that may not have a label on the bag," says Ernie Boyd with the Ohio Pharmacists Association.
Here are suggestions from the pharmacy board: