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iGuard.org Alters the Face of E-Health: New Web Service Draws 10,000 New Patients Weekly
Date:4/30/2008

First and Only Site Allows Patients to See How Drugs Actually Work in Real

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PRINCETON, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, iGuard.org, a free, patient-driven online healthcare community, announced the launch of an innovative new tool that brings patient empowerment to a new level. With almost half of all Americans taking prescription drugs, and eight out of ten surfing the web for their healthcare information, iGuard.org now lets users see real time reports of side effects experienced by iGuard.org members who have completed a brief survey on their medication experience. This is the first web service to give patients personalized drug information -- giving them the knowledge and power they need to manage their own healthcare.

How is iGuard.org Different?

iGuard.org is now uniquely positioned to provide "live" updates on how medications are working by posting real-time reports of side effects as experienced by members. Unlike other health and drug-safety websites, which provide static content, re-written information found on package inserts, and forums for patient discussions, iGuard.org monitors how different drugs are working across its network of users by conducting random surveys on an on-going basis. Members of the community can easily access pooled, anonymous information on side-effects, safety and effectiveness so they know what to expect when starting a new treatment.

"iGuard.org was created for patients to share information in a simple, structured way. No other site out there has a balanced information exchange that 'demystifies' the process, can give our users a level of comfort and arm them with the information they need to get informed and stay informed about their healthcare," said Dr. Hugo Stephenson, founder and creator of iGuard.org with a specialty in epidemiology and drug safety. "Since inception, the FDA has given us feedback and direction on how to improve our value to th
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