|Here are some online drugstores weve discovered since
we sent our book out to production. Let us know if you have a favorite we ought to know
about, andeventuallywe will go take a look, and if we like it, add it to our
Discoveries. ThanksJonathan and Lisa AARP Pharmacy Service
A reassuring site for prescriptions. Run by the American Association of Retired Persons, the pharmacy honors more than 2,500 prescription plans, including all the big ones. You can get a quote in advance, by filling out their Prescription Savings Request Form. You can also sign up for the AARP-sanctioned prescription plan, which can save you, they claim, an average of $7.26 per prescription when you shop at a local pharmacy.
When you turn to over-the-counter drugstore items, though, this is a, well, rather restrained site, with not very many products, and not very much information about each product. Their best prices are on generic substitutes for brand-name prescription drugs. (Their brand-name prices are so-so).
Yes, you can shop here even if you are not a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, but it helps to be a member (for $10), because in that case you can pay after delivery.
Search: Yes. Good index, too.
When Marcia says confidential, she means plain brown wrappers, and no revealing info on the package, which comes free in a week or so. She has a lot of products that you may not want other folks to know you are ordering, such as condoms, feminine hygiene items, home test kits for pregnancy or HIV infection, sexual aids, weight-loss products, and yeast infection medications.
To give you an idea of their focus: current specials include Astroglide Personal Lubricant, 2.3 ounce size, $7.19; Lact Aid Extra Strength Caplets, 4x50, for $39.80, and a bottle of 60 300mg tablets of St. John's Wort for $12.50.
A friendly site with an appealing green menu on the side, offering lots of different ways to dip into their stock of vitamins, minerals, and supplements. They arrange their products around your goals, such as energy and vitality, fitness, and men's health, or around the body systems that may be suffering (bones and joints, brain and memory, immune system).
Check out the page listing their current best sellers. The day we visited, we found odorless garlic, glucosamine, grapeseed, melatonin, milk thistle, and something called Sleep-a-Weigh (TM), a collection of amino acids that release growth hormones while you sleep to help combat aging and obesity. No wonder this is number one! Despite the rather optimistic claims for this substance, the description gives a very thorough analysis, so you can decide for yourself, rather than taking their word for its possibilities.
The site provides plenty of info, links to Amazon.com for books about alternative health, and links to articles from places such as the Mayo Clinic ("Liver enzymes"), Women.com ("Real Men Do Eat Low-Fat Quiche"), OnHealth ("Mosquitoes are Picky Eaters"), and HealthScout ("Pleasure Kills Pain").
Dubious DiscoveriesMen's Health Online
This store claims it can beat any competitor on the price of Viagra. They do start off with a warning that Viagra may cause death or "serious health consequences" for people taking certain medications, people with hypertension, heart problems, or retinitis pigmentosa. But that warning is part of a disclaimer you have to agree to, which frees them from any responsibility if you keel over or die from abusing Viagra. They offer this remedy for male erectile tissue disfunction, as Pfizer calls it, without requiring you see a physician.
The gimmick is an online medical consultation that segues into an order form. The
fill-in-the-blanks form costs $75, and when, amazingly enough, you get OK'd, the pills
will cost ten bucks each, with small discounts above 30 pills.
Dubious Discovery: September, 1999
Lame service: you can set up automatic refills for prescriptions at your local Walgreens, by filling out a form online.
No sales online; just plugs for the local outlets. This site is just a teaser for the physical stores.
One good aspect: they post drug info such as common uses, how to take the medicine, cautions, side effects, and (sometimes) pictures of the medication itself.
Dubious Discovery: September, 1999
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