Many pharmacies allow customers to purchase antibiotics online. As is the case with store-based pharmacies, customers must have a prescription from a doctor for the antibiotic.
The opportunity to buy antibiotics online allows customers to find more affordable prices, especially when purchasing prescriptions without insurance; however, online pharmacies also bring the risk of counterfeit or unsafe medications coming from foreign countries without safety regulations. To avoid this danger, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy offers a list of verified safe online pharmacies. It also maintains a list of dangerous pharmacies that do not comply with federal or state laws regarding prescription safety.