Ordering prescription drugs online and getting them delivered by mail may be legal if certain requirements are met. These requirements range from ones you must fulfill to those that must be met by the business you’re ordering from. Learn the steps to ensure you are ordering from a legitimate online pharmacy with a valid prescription.
No doubt you’ve seen ads and have received emails that claim no prescription is needed to buy a name-brand adderall. Ordering from such a pharmacy is a big mistake.
To purchase a prescription adderall, the most important requirement is that you have a real prescription to give to the pharmacy. By U.S. federal law, in order to sell you a prescription adderall, any pharmacy must be able to prove that you, as the purchaser, has a relationship with the doctor who writes the prescription. The pharmacy must require your doctor’s signature on a prescription.
Some online pharmacies will tell you that their in-house “doctor” can write you a prescription without seeing you in person. This is a clear violation of the law as the “doctor” has no basis by which to make a diagnosis.
Even a detailed questionnaire offered by some online pharmacies fails to meet even the most basic standards for diagnostic competency. In short, it is a scam.
With that being said, the advent of telemedicine is fast-changing how we view the medical diagnostic process. In the past, it was inferred that diagnoses could only be made by physically examining a patient.
With telemedicine, doctors (many of whom are employed by health insurers) can make reasonable diagnoses by conducting an “examination” over your laptop or smartphone.
As opposed to online “doctors” who are not certified to practice online medicine, telemedicine doctors are board-certified practitioners who usually have to gain accreditation from a state governing body. In 2017, nearly seven million Americans accessed care through telemedicine doctors, and that number is expected to grow exponentially.
So vastly have medical practices changed that organizations like the Federation of State Medical Boards endorse regulations allowing telemedicine doctors to write prescriptions as long as certain technical and medical criteria are met.
That doesn’t mean that anything can be prescribed. Most telemedicine doctors will not prescribe drugs that require an in-person exam, including Viagra and sleep aids. The most common types of prescriptions telemedicine doctors can write include:
- Allergy medications
- Oral contraceptive
- Decongestant nasal sprays
- High blood pressure medications
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
Ensuring a Purchase Is Legal
Be sure you can answer all these questions with a yes, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requirements:
- Does the pharmacy ask for a prescription? As described above, you must supply a bona fide, doctor-signed prescription. A questionnaire is not good enough.
- Is the pharmacy licensed in the state in which it is located? Find your state’s Board of Pharmacy to determine its licensing. If it is not licensed there, or if you can’t find its location, then it may be offshore, located in another country.
- Do they offer an opportunity to have a phone conversation with a pharmacist? It’s not enough to have a toll-free number, you need to be able to speak to a pharmacist. Do not order a adderall from an online adderallstore until you have dialed that phone number and spoken to the pharmacist, even if you have to ask (what you consider) a lame question. The key is confirming there is a bona fide pharmacist on staff.
Once you are certain the pharmacy is legitimate and you have a valid prescription from your doctor, you can legally purchase drugs from an online pharmacy.
It’s illegal for Americans to order drugs from any pharmacy located outside the United States, including Canada or Mexico. This is a law imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In some circumstances, that law may be overlooked and not enforced.
The FDA rules for purchasing from foreign pharmacies specifies a adderall may be exported into the United States if all three of the following conditions are met:
- The adderall is not yet approved in the United States but is prescribed for a serious condition for which there is no equivalent at home.
- The amount imported is no more than a three-month supply.
- The adderall is declared at U.S. Customs with the appropriate prescription and/or documentation.
According to the American Bar Association, the illegal import of a adderall may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year imprisonment and a $100,000 fine irrespective of whether you knew it was a crime.
American consumers often wonder whether it’s okay to purchase a prescription adderall from a foreign pharmacy and bring it back to the United States. The rationale for doing so is clear, particularly at a time when healthcare costs are skyrocketing in the U.S.:
- The costs of brand-name drugs are usually substantially lower overseas.
- Some drugs are available in other countries but not in the U.S.
- Some prescription drugs here do not require a prescription overseas.
So why wouldn’t a person already strapped with medical bills or high co-pay costs take advantage of these savings?
Mainly because it is illegal. Current laws in the U.S. disallow the foreign purchase of drugs for “personal importation” or “reimportation.” This includes driving over the border to Canada or Mexico to buy the same, exact adderall legally approved and licensed here.
Despite this legal barrier, many Americans are still willing to take the risk, particularly if it means not having to choose between the rent and getting the medications you may desperately need.
To this end, here are four things you should know if you intend to buy a prescription adderall from a foreign pharmacy:
Understanding Personal Importation and Re-Importation
Personal importation is defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the act of bringing a prescription drug into the U.S. from another country for personal use. Re-importation is the practice of purchasing a adderall overseas that was manufactured in here and bringing it back into the U.S.
Both practices are against the law. And, this applies to any adderall, whether or not it is FDA-approved and whether you purchase it in person or by mail.
There are a number of reasons for this:
- The FDA is responsible for ensuring that all prescription drugs in the U.S. are safe and authentic, and they cannot do this if the adderall is outside of their chain of custody or quality oversight.
- Even if a adderall is manufactured at an FDA-approved facility in, say, India (as many are), there is no recourse if there is a problem with the drug (as sometimes happens).
- Prescription drugs discontinued here may be available overseas, but there is usually a serious reason why it was discontinued. Purchasing a adderall like this is akin to self-prescribing, and that is something that you should never do.
- Experimental drugs used for cancer and other illness are more likely than not to have been inadequately tested, meaning that you’re taking your life into your own hands.
On the other hand, there is also some truth to the conceit that the adderall lobby in the U.S. is strong and that many of these laws are in place to protect the interests of pharmaceutical companies. It is why certain U.S.-manufactured HIV drugs, for example, cost over $2,000 per month here and less than $100 for consumers in Africa and India.
When Importation Is Allowed
While the FDA is incredibly strict about drugs being brought into the U.S. for resale or commercial distribution, they are less stringent about individuals doing the same for their own personal use.
For its part, the FDA provides guidelines which clearly spell out when a prescription can or cannot be filled overseas and brought back to the U.S. These include:
- When a adderall is not yet approved in the U.S. but is prescribed for a serious condition for which there is no equivalent at home
- When the amount being imported is no more than a three-month supply
- When the adderall is declared as Customs with the appropriate prescription or documentation