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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

ose patients. The release of this new data arms our patients with far more information than they've ever had before."

The site, which went online in October last year, has taken off with more than 10,000 new users signing up every week. Patients rely on the feedback they find on the site and often communicate that information to their personal doctors. "iGuard.org has been among the most valuable sites I've come across," said patient Mary Lou Sakosky of Troy, Ohio, who was diagnosed with several conditions including heart disease, bipolar disorder, Bell's palsy and thyroid disorders. "Without the site, I wouldn't have known about many of the side effects for the prescriptions I'm taking and everything I need is in one place. Thank God for iGuard.org."

Demystifying the Clinical Process

If patients want to learn about treatment options for their diagnosis, they can see at a glance the average effectiveness and satisfaction scores, the likelihood of side effects, and what additional information others wish they were told before starting the medication. According to feedback of iGuard.org patients taking a common pain medication to treat shingles and fibromyalgia, 70% experience side effects, including drowsiness, weight gain, grogginess and dizziness, and 45% wish they were told more about the potential side effects before starting the medicine. And among users of a new smoking cessation medication, 69% say they experience side effects, especially nausea and vivid dreams, and 28% wish they were told more about the potential side effects and potential drug interactions, prior to taking the medicine. Most physicians don't have this type of information readily available for their patients.

"It's crucial that patients receive accurate drug safety information, and iGuard.org is an outstanding source for that information," according to Joe and Terry Graedon, co-authors of the nationally syndicated The People's Pharmacy(R) newspaper column, and co-
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