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Pros and cons of online pharmacies: What to know before you get an Rx filled online

As staffing shortages cause some major pharmacies to limit hours, some people are turning to online pharmacies.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Staffing shortages have hit major pharmacies, causing many to limit operating hours. CVS, Walgreens and Walmart are all cutting back.  

It's a change that has some turning to online pharmacies to get prescriptions filled.

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Here’s what you need to know before making the switch, according to the experts at Penny Hoarder, so you're not left asking, "Where's the Money?"


Cost: Online pharmacies can sometimes be less expensive plus searching for the best prices is much easier online.

WCNC Charlotte is always asking "where's the money?" If you need help, reach out to WCNC Charlotte by emailing money@wcnc.com.

Convenience: When you use an online pharmacy, your prescriptions are shipped and delivered directly to you.


Selection: If you’re used to getting brand-name medication, be warned. According to Penny Hoarder, you could end up with the generic version without your prior approval.

Coverage: You might need specific insurance depending on the online pharmacy.

Guidance: Not all online pharmacies offer medication consultations.

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