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Drug Safety Experts Call for Increased Patient Involvement
Date:11/27/2007

really proud to be part of this first patient-centric medication recall," said Dr. Hugo Stephenson, founder and president of iGuard. "Based on the overwhelmingly positive reaction we've had from patients and doctors, it's about time we started thinking about who needs this information the most.... patients!"

Mrs. J. Rogers, a recent registrant with iGuard, said, "I never would have heard about the [gabapentin] recall had it not come to me directly. I'm surprised and shocked that such a system wasn't in existence already."

Stephenson said, "For years we have taken for granted that we'll get personal recall notices for the cars we buy. Now the same opportunity is finally available for people that take medications."

iGuard provides patients with a simple way to check interactions between their medications and receive personalized alerts and recall notices as they occur. In its first month of operation, and still in its "beta" stage, iGuard has registered almost 7,000 users and is averaging between 250 and 500 new registrations per day.

Despite recent attempts to communicate drug safety questions earlier, agencies such as the FDA and manufacturers have been hampered in their ability to reach patients with safety communications. iGuard represents a simple way for patients to voluntarily register for alerts without compromising their privacy. iGuard receives information for its alerts from regulators such as the FDA, from manufacturers, and from major journals that it monitors for breaking research.

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