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iGuard.org Reaches 500,000-Member Milestone 12 Months Early
Date:8/6/2008

More Than Half a Million Patients Using New Drug Safety Monitoring Service;

30,000 More Register Weekly

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half a million Americans now have the safety of their medications automatically monitored by iGuard.org, a secure, patient-driven drug safety service, with more than 30,000 new patients registering weekly.

Founded by drug safety researchers in October 2007, iGuard is a free service that monitors medications and nutritional supplements. Committed to promoting better communication and research about drug safety, iGuard.org offers the enrollees personalized updates on drug-drug interactions, drug-disease interactions, safety alerts and medication recalls. By using the latest information from the FDA, drug manufacturers and structured feedback from the rapidly growing iGuard community, iGuard has become the most efficient and reliable drug safety monitoring service available for consumers. Patients can register online at http://www.iGuard.org, or at a growing number of healthcare clinics nationwide.

Consumers Want Better Information About their Medications; iGuard.org Delivers

Today's 500,000-member milestone was achieved more than 12 months ahead of schedule-less than 300 days after the service was launched, indicating that the public is desperate for better information about the safety of their drugs. The number of registered users is expected to grow exponentially as 30,000 Americans register each week seeking to take advantage of the new service.

"Patients are tired of waiting for national drug safety and healthcare IT initiatives to take shape," says Dr. Hugo Stephenson, iGuard.org's founder and president. "Consumers don't want to be drug experts, wading through layers of online information to get to what relates to them - or managing complex medical records systems in order to stay informed. Most patients simply want to be told when they need to watch out, so they can get on with their lives."

Christie Bilbo, a single mother in Louisburg, Mo., has multiple sclerosis and takes numerous medications. "I registered all my medicines on iGuard, and to my surprise I got an alert about a possible adverse interaction that neither my doctor nor my pharmacist were aware of," she says. "I was surprised at how easily iGuard works -when I get a safety alert from iGuard, I know it's important and pertinent to my medications and me."

"The big concern is the number of potential adverse drug interactions - especially when people receive prescriptions from multiple physicians, and take supplements," said medical author and journalist, Kevin Soden, M.D., M.Ph.

"The public is clearly hungry for information about the drugs that are being prescribed for them and what kind of side effects or adverse drug interactions these drugs may have; they want to be kept informed as knowledge evolves. iGuard provides patient-driven service that offers timely, accurate and personalized drug safety information for patients and their physicians."

About iGuard.org

iGuard.org, headquartered in Princeton, N.J., is a free and secure source of information for registered users who want to get informed, stay informed and share feedback about their medications. It has received critical support from patient advocacy groups concerned by the large number of patients affected by serious, preventable adverse drug interactions. It offers balanced and timely content to help patients manage their healthcare for themselves or loved ones. Registration is free online at iGuard.org.
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