How do online pharmacies work?

There are a trillion pharmacy sites online, but you might be surprised to learn that most of them actually work for the same parent company through affiliate marketing. Affiliates typically work for a parent company that handles most of their order processing. It seems that customers always want to know more about how this process actually works, so below is a summary of each party’s responsibility for processing their prescription order online.
1) Find an online pharmacy site. Most online pharmacies, about 80%, are affiliate sites. An affiliate is someone who signs up to market and sell the product (in this case, drugs) and receives a commission for each order they place with the parent company. There are about 10 large parent pharmaceutical companies that are 100% dependent on their affiliates to market and sell for them. It works like Mary Kay, where the Mary Kay company has representatives that they trust to sell the products, but the representatives are actually considered their own company, separate legal entities from the Mary Kay company. Most likely, if you order medications online, you will be ordering through an affiliate site. You can find out which parent company you are buying from by reading the fine print when you go to place an order. 2. The order is placed and the payment is processed. Once the order is placed, the affiliates’ work is done and it is the responsibility of the parent company to ensure that the order is processed correctly. The parent company has relationships with the banks, which process the payment. At this point, the affiliate is usually paid his commission for making the sale. 3. The order is approved by the doctor. Affiliated companies have a nationwide network of doctors and pharmacies that process your order through an extremely sophisticated online networking system. Sometimes the affiliated parent company is based hundreds or thousands of miles from the doctors and pharmacies who review prescriptions and fill orders. Most doctors who work with parent companies also have their own practice and see people in person, so it’s the same as talking to your local doctor about your need for a drug. To avoid any instances of negligence, most good parent companies will pay their doctors for each script they review, even if they choose not to approve or refill the prescription.
4. The order is sent to a pharmacy to be refilled. If the doctor chooses to write you a new prescription, the order is sent to a pharmacy to be filled. Some pharmacies are physical stores that serve customers in person, and some are wholesale distributors. Pharmacies can be paid by number of orders fulfilled or by type of order, it depends on what they have established with the parent company. You can often tell which pharmacy filled your order by looking at the label on your medicine bottle when you receive it; otherwise, you should be able to call your parent company’s customer service line and ask them.
5. The order is shipped and delivered to you. Typically, the parent company will have a relationship with a shipping company that will make sure to get your order delivered as quickly as possible. Once you receive your orders, the process is ready and will start over with the next time you make a purchase. If you have questions about the order or are ready to place a new order, you should call customer service, which is usually located at the headquarters of the parent company.