Posts Tagged ‘Drugs’
A national campaign aimed at making Americans more aware of the prevalence of fake online pharmacies has been launched by the FDA.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) warned that fraudulent online pharmacies pose a danger to patient health. The Agency says it aims to help consumers make safe purchases.
American consumers find online pharmacies attractive mainly because many are so cheap compared to retail outlets in the USA. Purchasers can sometimes save from 50% to 80% when buying from foreign websites.
The FDA page:
Read in Medical News Today:
Efforts to halt the growing abuse of prescription drugs must include addressing the availability of these drugs on the Internet and increasing physician awareness of the dangers posed by Internet pharmacies. A recent article describes the probable contribution of Internet pharmacies to the problem and outline potential strategies for addressing the problem.
Some illegitimate online pharmacies sell drugs with no prescription or medical information at all while others ask for completion of a questionnaire before a prescription is issued by a physician who has never seen the patient. Studies from CASA Columbia have found that 85 percent of websites offering controlled prescription drugs do not require a prescription, and many that do allow the prescription to be faxed, increasing the risk of forgery or fraud.
while physicians and other health care providers should play a major part in addressing the challenges posed by Internet pharmacies, their awareness of the problem and ability to recognize and treat substance abuse of any kind is usually limited. “Physicians need to educate patients about the risks of purchasing any medications over the Internet and should consider brief but routine questioning about Internet-based medication use,”…
Commentary Calls For Awareness Of Internet Pharmacies’ Role In Prescription Drug Abuse. Medical News Today, 21st of December 2011. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/239495.php
Reported by Medical News Today:
“Spam advertising of pharmaceutical products is leading patients to seek out information about prescription drugs online, according to a report to be published in the International Journal Business and Systems Research. If those drugs are not available to the internet user through their physician there is a risk that they may obtain such products via illicit means. The direct advertising of pharmaceutical products to patients is outlawed in several countries, but spam marketing is all-pervasive and wholly ignores national and international laws (…)
Prescription drugs improve health and extend life for many millions of people and it is perhaps natural that patients will seek information about their medication from a variety of sources other than their medical practitioner despite the fact that it is only such a practitioner who can legally prescribe that medication. However, the relationship between patient and pharmaceutical company has changed significantly over the last few decades, and most recently with the advent of the commercial internet and the World Wide Web. (…)
The team’s study reveals that exposure to prescription drug spam motivates patients to seek further information over the internet. The reason for this could be the skepticism associated with advertising in general and especially for the case of unregulated spam-based advertising. However, the finding is a double-edged sword as the information seeking might also be associated with attempting to procure prescription medication from sources other than a medical practitioner.
Medical disinformation on the Internet. Medical News Today. Posted on 10th of December 2011. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/238923.php
Tara Breton, a librarian for a healthcare consulting company, explains how it would be great if InfoDesk would succeed to build an unbrella platform to search drug profiles trough the Big 5 (Thomson Pharma, Prous Integrity, Pharmaprojects, ADIS R&D Insight, IMS R&D Focus).
“A single umbrella search system with a single output product that combines all those pipeline databases into one simplistic program? Really? This is what InfoDesk has decided to undertake.
The company purchased a drug pipeline integration platform from Elsevier that it is currently redeveloping for release early next year. (..)
what exactly will the output resemble? Routine users of the Big 5 databases will understand the inference here. No one system outputs the same data fields and the same number.
I myself would love to have a single umbrella search system for my organization.
It would mean training users on just one simplified platform, one manner of searching, and provide better desktop access in a standardized language where the output will be systematic. The time savings would easily argue paying extra for such a product.”
Breton. Tara. The promise of integrated drug pripelines from InfoDesk: wil multisearch work?. Information Today, Posted On September 13, 2010.
www.drugs.com is one of the rare free services in the biomedical area which competes with paid services.
The web site offers extensive Drugs sheet, including pharmacokinetics (PK) and clinical data, links to free resources, anufacturing and marketing information (label, etc.), etc.
Drugs.com annoucnes a new deal with FDA to expand access to the FDA’s consumer health information. Drugs.com seeks to provide patients with information to better manage their own healthcare and to assist in the reduction of medication errors. It attracts more than 12 million unique visitors each month.
The service will feature soon FDA Consumer Update articles, videos, and slideshows. The partnership will also provide access to FDA health information on Drugs.com’s mobile phone platform.
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DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts:
DRUG INFORMATION PORTAL, is a good portal to know. It gives healthcare professionals and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies (MedlinePlus, Drugs@FDA, ClinicalTrials.gov, Toxline, etc.).
More than 12,000 drug records are available for searching:
My Opinion: the delivered information is not as completed as some paid tools (Scopus, Pharmapendium, TrialTrove, etc.) but it is a very good start page to get a first overview for a drug: Usage, Indications, adverse effects , FDA documents (doesn’t link to EMEA approvals documents), clinical trials, toxicity extensive bibliography, etc.