Yes, as long as you purchase prescription drugs for diabetes from a known provider, such as the website of a national or regional pharmacy chain.

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You can often save money on prescription medications by buying online, but if you're getting your medicine both online and at the counter, be sure your pharmacist screens all your prescription drug purchases to avoid potentially harmful drug interactions.

And remember that even though it's safe to buy from a major chain's website, there are a lot of disreputable discount drug sites out there. Avoid any site that isn't clearly linked to a trusted provider.

Joyce A. Generali, M.S. FASHP, R.Ph., is director of the University of Kansas Drug Information Center and the author of The Pharmacy Technician’s Pocket Drug Reference.

From our sister publication, Diabetes Focus, Spring 2011

Editor's note: The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy offers a list of online pharmacies it has certified.

Protect Your Privacy When Buying Medication Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recommends that you:

  • Review the privacy and security policies on the web site, and make sure you understand the terms before you make a purchase.
  • Don't give any personal information (such as social security number, credit card, or medical or health history), unless you are sure the Web site will keep your information safe and private.
  • Make sure that the site will not sell your information, unless you agree.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 27 Apr 2011

Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015