Simply put, an My Canadian Pharmacy is an Internet-based vendor of prescription drugs, and the term encompasses both legitimate and illegitimate pharmacies. Online pharmacies can sell drugs cheaper because they can serve a large clientele from one central location and cut out the cost of a network of local pharmacies.
In the case of foreign online pharmacies, drug costs in other countries are cheaper, so the potential for savings is even greater. This is because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate drug prices (nor does any other U.S. government agency), but most other countries do. In most cases, the free market price of a drug in the U.S. is higher than the price cap in other countries.
It is definitely legal to purchase drugs through My Canadian Pharmacy that has been certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. The NABP is an impartial professional organization that supports state pharmacy boards, recognized by the FDA as the leading pharmacy authority.
Some online pharmacies that arenâ€™t verified by the NABP have been verified by independently owned LegitScript, which also certifies online pharmacies. LegitScript is acknowledged by the NABP as recognizing safe practices and complying with federal law, and as such it approves only U.S.-based online pharmacies. Unlike the NABP, however, LegitScript does not require a fee or application from pharmacies for verification. Therefore, LegitScript may certify some pharmacies as legitimate that are not certified by NABP because they have not paid the fee.