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One Million Americans Now Receive Personalized FDA Drug Safety Alerts Through iGuard.org
Date:12/30/2008

tandable, actionable, timely information that they can discuss with their doctors.

Paul Seligman, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director for Safety Policy and Communication at the FDA, said, "Communicating safety information in a timely fashion is important to all those whoweigh the benefits and risks aboutthe appropriate use of a medicine. Providing this information is a shared responsibility of many in the healthcare system. iGuard.org now provides such a source for this information."

iGuard.org is Different from Other Drug Information Services

Although patients today have access to an enormous set of tools for getting information about their health, iGuard.org is the only service that:

helps patients identify which drugs pose the greatest risk using a personalized, color-coded, drug safety rating system; detects potential interactions between drugs and diseases as well as interactions between drugs – recognizing that drug-disease interactions (e.g., Viagra and heart disease, birth control pills and smoking) are the highest cause of death and disability associated with medication use; communicates emerging product recalls (which outnumber alerts by four to one) as well as safety notifications and FDA advisories; avoids bombarding patients with irrelevant communications by ensuring that drug-specific messages are sent only to those users to whom they apply; ensures that communications are actionable and easy to understand by having a pharmacist review and update FDA / drug company alerts for the consumer audience; allows patients to have their doctor copied on their communications; is funded by medical research, not by advertising, which helps improve medicines. Helping the Scientific Community

iGuard.org connects patients with researchers interested in learning more about how drugs work. iGuard has already helped researchers to document real world rates of side effects for common medications such as
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