The Kansas Attorney General's Office has recently provided consumer information on a variety of topics. Today we will cover tips for using online pharmacies.

An increasing number of consumers are skipping the trip to the pharmacy and using the internet instead. There are online pharmacies that provide legitimate prescription services; there are also some questionable sites that make buying medicines online risky.

Choose an online pharmacy carefully. Do business only with a licensed U.S. pharmacy. Check with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to determine if the website is licensed and in good standing. Visit or call (847) 391-4406. To ensure the pharmacy is registered with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, call (785) 296-4056.

Avoid the following red flags: Websites that only offer a limited range of medications or offer "quick cures" or "amazing results." Websites should never expect you to agree to a waiver of liability. Avoid websites that offer prescription drugs without requiring a prescription.

Look for websites that offer a VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site) seal. A pharmacy must comply with licensing and inspection requirements in each state it dispenses drugs.

If you suspect a site is not a licensed pharmacy, report it and any complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at

Next week this column will cover medical discount cards.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Trinity Lutheran Church volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The computer class meets at 3:45 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday, the Walking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

April 4 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "The Blue Notes." The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Turkey, potatoes and gravy, cabbage, wheat roll, cranberry-apple gelatin.

Friday: Baked fish or spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, green beans, French bread, applesauce.

Monday: Porcupine meatballs on noodles, confetti cottage cheese, wheat roll, citrus fruit salad.

Tuesday: Roast beef, potatoes and gravy, steamed cabbage, muffin, apple crisp.

April 4: Chicken and stuffing, peas, winter vegetables, wheat bread, lemon bars.

Note: Fish is available on Fridays in Lent. Call 272-3620 to order by Wednesday.

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