Medicine is expensive today and it continues to go up in price each and every single year. This has forced many to seek out cheaper alternatives online, but are those alternatives safe? According to poison.org, only 4% of online pharmacies are considered legitimate and safe. This means that you are far more likely to encounter a dangerous website than a safe one, so it’s essential to know what is out there when searching for ways to afford your medications better. Today we will be reviewing nicerx.com. Is it safe and legitimate? Let’s answer that question together.
|Origin Country||United States|
|Pharmacy Name||Nice Rx|
|Licenses, and Approvals|
WHOIS AND BUSINESS INFORMATION
Using whois.com, we were able to learn the following information about the registrant and their organization:
The parent organization for nicerx.com is Nice Health Ltd, and that group helps develop software that provides assistance to patients who cannot afford their medications.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU AND SCAMADVISER.COM PROFILES
Nicerx.com does have a listing with the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau has given nicerx.com a D rating while customer reviews have it at 1.45 out of 5 stars. Scamadviser.com has a listing for nicerx.com giving it a trust score of 50 out of 100, and their customer reviews have given them a 4.3 out of 5 based on 62 reviews.
REGULATORY APPROVALS AND LICENSES
A search through the Florida Department of Health reveals no pharmaceutical license for nicerx.com. However, both LegitScript.com and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy have labeled nicerx.com as safe and legitimate. No other entries were found with the Food and Drug Administration or with Health and Human Services.
PRODUCTS, PRICING, AND SHIPPING
Nicerx.com does not list the medications they sell, but per their website, they have access to over 1500 FDA-approved medications, and they acquire the medications from pharmaceutical companies directly.
Nicerx.com is essentially set up like a monthly subscription service. Your subscription cost is determined by how many prescriptions you take. One prescription will cost you $49 per month. Two prescriptions will cost you $98 per month, and three prescriptions will cost you $147 per month. Their website includes a savings calculator that shows you how much you can save if you use their service. Nicerx.com promises no hidden fees or additional costs. Payments are made through your credit card and there are no shipping fees.
However, signing up for nicerx.com isn’t easy. Their service is available only to those living in the United States or Puerto Rico, and their application process requires you to submit details about your yearly income. This is used to determine if you meet their requirements for assistance. If you’re single and make less than $40,000 per year or if you and your spouse make less than $55,000 per year together then chances are your application will be approved. However, you will need to update your income information yearly if nicerx.com approves your application.
Part of the application process does require you to provide details of your healthcare provider. They will get in touch with your healthcare provider and work with them to ensure that you get the medications you need. Like with your income information, you will need to update your healthcare provider information if you make any changes.
Their website has an enrollment form that takes less than a few minutes to complete, and it determines whether or not you’re eligible for their services.
We live in a day in age where we see how others review a website. One place people often go to is trustpilot.com. Nicerx.com has a 3.8 out of 5 star rating. However, it should be stressed that user reviews are not entirely trustworthy. Businesses can actually buy reviews. A business pays a fee and hundreds of users who have never tried your service or product will leave glowing reviews. This is done in order to drown out negative reviews.
The reverse is called review bombing where hundreds of users will terrible reviews in the hopes of hurting a business they don’t like. You should read reviews as they could often reveal clues as to whether a website is safe and legit, but you should never take them at face value.
The only criticism that we have is that their language can be vague in some areas. This is a marketing trick that gets potential customers to call and then go through a sales pitch. Granted, nicerx.com does state that they’re a business and not a medical insurance company. In other words, you have to expect them to do whatever they can to get your business.
In the end, we give them a trust rating of 60%. The NABP and LegitScript.com do vouch for them but the Better Business Bureau does give them a low score. Customer reviews are good but they ultimately come second when compared to regulatory approval.
Also, nicerx.com requesting income and health care provider information from you while providing vague information as to why doesn’t seem like a decent trade-off. Additionally, the reviews from the Better Business Bureau relay specific grievances with their customer service. This matches up with reviews from Trustpilot as well.
In short, nicerx.com may be legitimate but its service might not be the safest to deal with. It’s best to do additional research if you want to do business with them, and that starts by talking with your family healthcare provider.