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eDrugSearch.com's 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

09 Jan: eDrugSearch.com’s 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

  Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see what articles and infographics were the most popular in 2014? Here’s the countdown: 14.) What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications – Learn about the upside to taking heartburn medications, downsides and risks, proper diagnosis, and how to find the best price on your medications. 13.) 17 Common Prescription Drugs with Bad Side Effects – Let’s take a look at a few of these prescription drugs with bad side effects, what those side effects are, and what you can do if you experience any of them. 12.) Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications! – If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. But what if you can get your generic medications…

Iodine - A Gorgeous New Website for Drug Information

01 Oct: Iodine – A Gorgeous New Website for Drug Information

What Target Did for Rx Bottles, Iodine Does for Organizing Drug Data The world of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can seem big and scary. Whenever a person needs medication for a disease, disorder, or other condition many questions come up. What are the drug options? What are the potential side effects? How much does it cost? Are there less expensive generic alternatives? How does the drug really impact people in their day-to-day lives? Fortunately, the power of the internet has once again made it possible for people to educate themselves and learn from each other. There is a new drug database called Iodine (www.iodine.com) that offers users a beautiful and interactive way to view data on the prescription and OTC medications, allowing…

A Christian-Based Online Health Community is Just Waiting for You

06 May: A New Christian-Based Online Health Community is Just Waiting for You!

The world of health care is vast, sometimes unpredictable, and nearly always unnerving.  There is so much information out there, so much to know, and so many people in whom you have to put your trust and even your very life.  When facing it on your own, it can seem overwhelming.  Fortunately, eDrugSearch.com can help.  Not only do we help you find the medication you need at a lower cost, we also offer the support of an entire community of people just like you. Sharing and Caring We are inspired by others.  It is important that you are able to connect with people who are going through similar situations, people who share the same values that you hold dear.  Our…

Be In the Know with the Top 100 Health Blogs

28 Aug: Be In the Know With the Top 100 Health Blogs

Be a Part of the Top 100 Health Blogs eDrugSearch.com is more than a definitive source when it comes to finding the best deals for medication. It’s also a gold mine of helpful information with its free resource, Healthcare100.com, providing consumers with easy access to helpful advice, rivaling the top 100 health blogs. There’s no need to hunt and peck all over the Internet. eDrugSearch.com offers a forum, pooling together the best in advice, personal stories, and background knowledge ranking with the top 100 health blogs. Think about any medical issue under the sun and it’s there on Healthcare100.com. Find Comparisons to the Top 100 Health Blogs Originally established in 2007, Healthcare100.com has grown in leaps and bounds, with a…

04 Apr: Submit Your Health Blog to the Healthcare100.com Directory Today.

Do you have a health blog? If so, you need to submit your blog to our NEW Healthcare100 – an influential health blog directory that has been covered by the Wall Street Journal and many other media outlets. The NEW Healthcare100 blog directory is now LIVE and we encourage you to register today so you can check out the new metrics, see how your blog ranks, and experience the NEW features that will help you grow your audience! If you register today here’s what you’ll get . . . Registration is 100% FREE – LIMITED TIME! A “Do Follow” PR5 backlink to help boost up your SEO! Free custom badge to show off your blog rank! Free promotion on our…

02 Nov: Healthcare amendment would delay access to “generic” versions of drugs

Healthcare reform isn’t just about the public option and paying for doctor’s visits — it’s also about equal, affordable access to life-saving medications for all Americans. That’s why many Big Pharma watchdogs are so disappointed with a recent amendment slipped into healthcare legislation that proposes extending patent protection on biologic drugs, delaying for years the public’s access to affordable follow-on versions. What are biologics? They’re the next big wave in medicine — drugs made not from simple chemical formulations, but from biological components. They’re very expensive, and poised for enormous success: By 2014, the biggest-selling meds will be biologics, according to an analysis from Evaluate Pharma. Taking the place of Pfizer’s gargantuan drug Lipitor will be Roche’s Avastin, a cancer…

02 Sep: Get your Pfizer Pfelon commemorative tee shirt here!

Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, will pay a record $2.3bn civil and criminal penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions, the US Justice Department announced today. The department said the $2.3bn settlement included a $1.2bn criminal fine, the largest criminal fine in US history. The agreement also included a criminal forfeiture of $105m. Hat Tip to our friend Jack at PharmaGossip 🙂

20 Jul: Invasion of the body snatchers: Harry and Louise return

Did you ever see “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”? Well, I’d like to report the snatching of two bodies — those of Harry and Louise. As our friend John Mack reports: Remember those Health Insurance Association of America “Harry and Louise” TV ads that were instrumental in scuttling Hillary Clinton’s health reform efforts in 1993? Well, Harry and Louise are back! This time, however, they support health reform. “A little more cooperation, a little less politics, and we can get the job done this time,” says Louise as a halo swirls around her head and eventually forms the URL: HarryandLouise.org. Seems to me we could have gotten the job done in 1993 with a little less Harry and Louise! Here’s…

09 Jul: Ron Paul on prescription drug reimportation

You might be surprised to know that there are 15 physicians in Congress — more than I would have expected. It would be nice to think that these doctors could provide clarity and insight on healthcare issues — perhaps even drive the debate over reform. The reality, unfortunately, is that they generally toe their party lines and seem to fade in the background. I guess being an expert politician is more important than being an expert anything else in Washington. In fact, the last time I can recall a physician Congressman bringing his medical “expertise” to bear was when then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shamelessly demagogued on the Terri Schiavo family tragedy, challenging the diagnosis of Schiavo’s physicians that…

10 Mar: Healthcare 100 surpasses 1,000 health and medical blogs

We announced today that the Healthcare 100 now includes more than 1,000 health and medical blogs submitted by bloggers worldwide. For those of you not familiar with the Healthcare 100, it is a directory, search engine and ranking system designed to assist individuals who are seeking health information from blogs. Since we started the Healthcare 100 in June 2007 with just over 100 blogs, hundreds of health and medical bloggers have submitted their blogs to our directory, turning it into one of the Web’s go-to resources for health-related content. Surpassing 1,000 member blogs is a milestone not just for us, but for the community of health bloggers. One reason I created the Healthcare 100 was to help consumers gain confidence…

09 Mar: How valuable are online physician ratings systems?

Earlier this year, I was privileged to participate in a health blogger summit convened by Consumer Reports at its New York headquarters. One of the topics discussed at the event — in fact, the one that generated the most controversy — was online health ratings systems. Many in attendance — including doctors and consumer advocates — were supportive of online ratings, particularly in helping patients find a doctor. But others, most notably Avery Comarow, editor of “America’s Best Hospitals” for U.S. News & World Report, dismissed Web ratings as dangerous popularity contests. Avery made the point that online physician ratings were biased toward negative reviews and had little objective medical basis. I agree with Avery that doctor ratings sites are…

06 Feb: eDrugSearch.com gets a peek inside Consumer Reports labs

As part of our visit to Consumer Reports headquarters last month to participate in the health blogger summit, we had an opportunity to tour the famous Consumer Reports labs — where they seemingly test every product under the sun, from cameras to stereos, home-gym equipment to washers and dryers. They even have food testers who have to sit behind metal doors waiting for food to taste — so the aroma from the test kitchen doesn’t cloud their judgment! Here are a few of my photos from the tour (you can view the full set on Flickr): This is where they test the audio equipment. It’s very quiet — and totally soundproof. Sometimes, when groups of schoolchildren or Boy Scouts tour…

Cary Byrd and Craig Newmark

26 Jan: eDrugSearch.com attends Consumer Reports health summit

We were fortunate to be invited to a health blogger summit coordinated last Thursday by Consumer Reports. The event — held at CR’s headquarters in Yonkers, New York — was an opportunity to meet with the publication’s editors as well as other health bloggers, and to discuss the future of social media and social networks as they relate to the public health. The event’s 31 attendees were also treated to an intimate Q&A with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who is on the board of Consumers Union, which owns CR. Here are some of my pics from the event, with captions beneath each image. Julie Deardorff of the Chicago Tribune moderates a panel on health ratings systems, featuring: Dr. John Santa…

12 Jan: New report touts benefits of health social networks

Fard Johnmar of Envision Solutions has produced a new report designed to facilitate communication between health organizations and social networkers. We were fortunate to be among the Web sites profiled in the study and got a sneak peek at it last week. As always with Fard’s work, the report is thoughtful and well-documented. In introducing the report, Fard [pictured] is also hosting a Webinar on January 29 at noon Central. Learn more — and sign up! — here.

06 Dec: eDrugSearch.com’s Rost interview cited in Connecticut’s The Day

The Day of New London, Conn., has a nice article on Dr. Peter Rost’s bid for FDA commissioner. Here’s an excerpt referencing our interview with Peter: If Pfizer Inc. were to describe its worst nightmare, it might very well be seeing former company whistleblower Peter Rost become commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So guess who is actively seeking the FDA’s top post?… Rost said he is looking for a shakeup of the FDA, including a reorienting of the agency’s priorities from serving the drug industry to helping American citizens. “That means the agency would focus not only on the fastest and most efficient processing of new drug applications, but would also ensure that unsafe drugs are taken…

13 Nov: Who should Obama nominate for FDA commissioner?

  John Mack of Pharma Marketing News is asking who should be the next FDA commish. His survey walks you through some of the top contenders, including: Robert Califf, vice chancellor for clinical research and professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Duke. Dora Hughes, Health Policy Advisor to Senator Barack Obama. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner. Steve Nissen, cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic. Mary Pendergast, industry consultant who was a former associate FDA Commissioner under David Kessler. Peter Rost, former Pfizer VP of Marketing, now a blogger. Joshua Sharfstein, commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department. Mike Taylor, former Deputy FDA Commissioner under Clinton Susan Wood, the former head of women’s health at FDA, who resigned in protest…

11 Nov: The eDrugSearch Blog is two years old!

We’ve been working so hard and running so fast at eDrugSearch.com that I failed to notice when we dashed right past a major milestone last week. On November 6, the eDrugSearch Blog reached its second anniversary. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience for us; we’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of good friends. We hope along the way that we’ve shed an informative light on the world of online pharmacies — helping you to distinguish good pharmacies from bad ones so you won’t be scammed (or worse) by a rogue operation. We also hope we’ve helped you to understand the political backdrop behind some of the confusing and contradictory behaviors of the U.S. government when…

29 Jul: Follow eDrugSearch.com on Twitter

We’ve started a Twitter account and would love for you to follow us. If you’re not familiar with Twitter, it’s a social network built around a kind of mini-blogging or group IM tool that allows you to leave messages of up to 140 characters. Some of our favorite bloggers like John Mack, Jack Friday and Matthew Holt are already using it, so we thought we’d try it out, too. You can follow us here: https://twitter.com/carybyrd

28 Jul: Based on your feedback, a few (last?) Healthcare 100 tweaks

We’ve gotten quite a bit of feedback from Healthcare 100 bloggers after adding some new metrics and features to our algorithm this month. Based on this feedback, we’ve now made adjustments to Technorati, Bloglines and Alexa in the algorithm, decreasing the influence of Technorati and Alexa and increasing Bloglines (although it is still a smaller factor than it was in the original Healthcare 100 algo.) We made these adjustments based on remarkably consistent feedback we were getting from people across all positions in the Healthcare 100 rankings. Essentially, we became concerned that our inclusion of Alexa, while a valuable indicator of Web traffic, was overweighting the list in favor big domains (wsj.com, scienceblogs.com, etc.) Meanwhile, our downgrading of Bloglines seemed…

11 Jul: The Healthcare 100 adds metrics, updates algorithm

We’ve been gratified — more than gratified — at how health and medical bloggers the world over have embraced the Healthcare 100. Since we launched the Healthcare 100 a little over a year ago, the list has grown to more than 900 blogs — with hundreds of bloggers submitting their own blogs. Many of our favorite blogs display a Healthcare 100 badge on their sites. The list even got a mention in the online Wall Street Journal a while back. But as they say, with power comes responsibility. Not that we consider the Healthcare 100 all that important in the grand scheme of things — but to the extent people trust in us, we have a responsibility to make the…

01 May: Watch out, healthcare bloggers, the PR zombies are coming after you!

Looks like it’s time to amp up your spam filters, folks. This marketing e-mail, sent to PR firms nationwide by the PR list vendor Bulldog Reporter, was passed on to me by a PR-practicing friend this morning: “Inside Health Media’s huge new blog directory gives PR pros an inside guide to influential bloggers covering health, medicine and fitness.” Inside Health Media now gives you links to 596 blogs on individual diseases, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, women’s health, nutrition, health policy, health IT, fitness, parenting and much more! This is such great media intelligence on such a hot new media format, I want to give you this blog directory access now. (Warning: Don’t pitch another blog before you review this list.) If you…

30 Apr: Do I have a chip on my shoulder? Maybe a little bit…

The Texas Startup Blog was kind enough to run a post by me on what it’s like to be a Health 2.0 startup from South Texas. Here’s an excerpt: “I live in Spring Branch, Texas — not Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley or even Austin. I don’t particularly like small talk, about Web 2.0 or anything else. I haven’t prepared a PowerPoint deck full of made-up numbers showing my company’s path to $100 million in three years. I’ve self-funded my company rather than seeking VC funding — which means I don’t have to play the BS game and, more importantly, can build my business without interference. “The result of all this is that, to some people, my startup and I are…

15 Apr: eDrugSearch.com’s Healthcare 100 in the Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal reporter Raymund Flandez writes about the Healthcare 100 today in his piece, “Getting on the Radar Of an Industry’s Top Bloggers.” Here’s an excerpt: The first step is to find out who the bloggers are in your specific industry. You want to focus your time and attention on blogs that will be the most receptive to talking about the kinds of products or services you offer… Some Web sites list the most influential blogs in a specific industry. For example, AdAge Power150 (www.adage.com/power150), run by Advertising Age magazine, shows the top media and marketing blogs, while eDrugSearch.com’s HealthCare100 (edrugsearch.com/edsblog/healthcare100) ranks the top English-language health-care blogs. Sadly, there was no pen-sketch portrait of me accompanying the article 😉…

08 Apr: How do you know you can trust an online retailer?

eDrugSearch.com was founded on the premise that it can be difficult to know which online retailers you can trust — particularly when the product is prescription medications, and you are comparison shopping for the best price. It’s not worth saving a few dollars (or even a lot of dollars) to risk being ripped off or, worse, being sold a bad product. The stakes are higher with prescription drugs than most other products purchased online, obviously. We’re talking about your health and safety, not just losing your money. That’s why our comparison shopping engine only includes pharmacies that follow our 10 Commandments. When you shop at eDrugSearch.com, you know you’re not only getting good bargains — you’re also getting them from…

03 Mar: Health 2.0 Spring Fling is here!

We’re delighted to be a sponsor and participant in Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 conference in San Diego today and tomorrow. Though I won’t be able to attend, Scott Baradell — a strategic advisor who has worked closely with me since our company’s founding — will represent eDrugSearch.com at the event. Scott will be introducing the panel “Health 2.0: The future user experience?” moderated by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and featuring panelists including: Thomas Goetz, Wired Esther Dyson, EDventure David Kibbe, MD, AAFP Doug Solomon, IDEO Scott Shreeve, MD, Crossover Healthcare Amy Tenderich, Diabetes Mine Scott has promised to blog about his experience when he gets back.

28 Feb: eDrugSearch.com Online Health Community in Pharma Marketing News

John Mack is The Mack, as far as covering the world of pharmaceutical marketing goes. So we’re honored that John decided to profile the eDrugSearch.com Community in the February 2008 edition of Pharma Marketing News. The story is called “Prescription Drugs and the Health 2.0 Opportunity; the pdf here provides more detailed coverage. In talking with John for the story, I told him that we hope our new community will attract pharma marketers who want to learn more about what consumers are talking about today. Who knows — maybe a few drug reps and others will join in the fun, although John isn’t optimistic about this prospect. He writes: Much as pharmaceutical marketers may wish to engage consumers in discussion…

20 Feb: Interview with Unity Stoakes; “Changing the face of Healthcare”

Unity Stoakes is co-founder and president of OrganizedWisdom Health, a new specialized search engine that is “on a mission to organize the world’s best health wisdom.” Unity will be in attendance at the Health 2.0 Connecting Consumers and Providers conference, which will take place March 3-4 in San Diego. This is our sixth published interview in our series leading up to the event. So far, we’ve talked with Scott Shreeve of Crossover Health , Ed Silverman of Pharmalot, Fard Johnmar of HealthcareVox, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of Think-Health and the Health Populi blog, and Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, the organizers of the event. Here’s our interview with Unity: Q: In our talk with Scott Shreeve, he offered an expansive definition of…

04 Feb: A Digg for pharma news

From Germany comes this press release: World Pharma News project is launching a Web 2.0 pharmaceutical news platform, named as well World Pharma News but with attached ‘.net’ extension. Web 2.0 generally represents knowledge-oriented social-networking platforms focused first of all on collaborative approaches. “We know that it is a very ambitious initiative but we trust in the power and in the flexibility of the coming Web 2.0 pharmaceutical solutions/interfaces, we sincerely hope that in the nearest future the term ‘Pharma 2.0’ will sound as well appropriate as the terms Web 2.0 or Health 2.0”, assumed World Pharma News .net administrator. World Pharma News .net, by being based on the well known open source software, is following the Web 2.0 strategy…

22 Jan: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn: “Transparency can drive out poor providers”

In our interview series leading up to the Health 2.0 conference in March, we’ve talked with Scott Shreeve of Crossover Health , Ed Silverman of Pharmalot, and Fard Johnmar of HealthcareVox. Today we share our interview with Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist and management consultant who founded the Think-Health consultancy in 1992. She is author of the Health Populi blog and a member of the Health 2.0 conference advisory board. Q: In our interview with Scott Shreeve, he offered an expansive definition of Health 2.0. Matthew Holt’s definition has been narrower. What’s your definition of “Health 2.0”? A: The phrase “Health 2.0” has become somewhat loaded with marketing hype, even since the San Francisco conference. When it comes to defining…

18 Jan: Fard Johnmar: “The first step is to decide what to change”

So far in our interview series leading up to the March Health 2.0 conference, we have talked with Scott Shreeve of Crossover Health and Ed Silverman of Pharmalot. Today we share our discussion with Fard Johnmar, founder of Envision Solutions and author of HealthcareVox. Q: When you write about the Health 2.0 movement, you tend to put “movement” in quotation marks — as if Health 2.0 WANTS to be a movement, but really isn’t one yet. Why not? A: Let me clarify my intent. First, the term “Health 2.0” is one that has generated come controversy, mainly because some wonder what “Health 1.0” is and whether appending “2.0” to health has any significance. I’ve spoken with Matthew Holt about this….

19 Dec: Ed Silverman: “Big Pharma will have to communicate more openly”

Pharma blogger Ed Silverman is a pretty unique animal — a newspaper journalist (for the Star-Ledger of New Jersey) who is actively engaged in the blogosphere. Ed conceded that he hasn’t reported much on Health 2.0 yet — largely because Big Pharma hasn’t done much in this area — but he was nice enough to answer a few of our questions. Q: How do you define Health 2.0? As a journalist, how do you separate the reality from the hype? A: In a perfect world, I see it as one big basket of interactive info coupled with meaningful discussion. Right now, though, I see a disjointed process for gathering or disseminating data. As they say in Texas, you can’t fool…

13 Dec: Interview with Scott Shreeve: “Transparency will prove transformative”

In anticipation of the Health 2.0 “Connecting Consumers and Providers” conference in March, we are excited to announce that we are conducting a series of interviews with some of the top figures in the Health 2.0 movement (as well as some skeptics and other industry observers) for publication on the eDrugSearch Blog. Our intent is to run one interview per week between now and the end of February, for a total of 12 interviews. Our goal is to extend awareness and discussion of Health 2.0 to a new audience — those who visit the eDrugSearch Blog either as prescription-drug consumers, Healthcare 100 bloggers, or others who may not to this point have gotten directly involved in the Health 2.0 conversation….

28 Nov: Revolution Health Rumored to Acquire More Health 2.0 Companies

It looks like acquisitions continue in the Health 2.0 area. ValleyWag says that Revolution Health will announce later this week its plans to acquire fitness planning Web site SparkPeople and either acquire or settle for a majority investment in HealthTalk, another health information site. Steve Case’s property recently tightened its belt when it laid off 60 workers in late October. A Valleywag tipster told them that the only revenue generator the company had was its CarePages unit, a community Website it acquired. So it looks like they are evolving their business model through acquisition.  Interesting.

28 Nov: Is Patient Privacy Just an Illusion?

Government Healthcare IT interviewed Dr. Deborah Peel, the leader of Patient Privacy Rights. In the podcast she says that Microsoft’s HealthVault concept, which would allow a consumer control over their health information, is better than the data mining approach that others have recommended.  HealthVault also has external auditors to ensure privacy. It’s certainly worth a listen for those that are closely following patient privacy. We are very interested in how this HealthVault concept will play out in the expanding Health 2.0 environment.  It certainly seems to empower people to have full control over their healthcare information, but we are a little skeptical that such a system should be controlled by one company. We can hear it now, “That’s Dr. Microsoft to…

21 Nov: Health 2.0 Goes Beyond Borders and Self-Serving Interests

GigaOm invited guest blogger René Seifert, an entrepreneur in Europe & India, to discuss the Health 2.0 trend in Germany. As companies such as Google (GOOG) ready their Health 2.0 plans, numerous German firms are promising to bring more online transparency to that country?s notoriously over-regulated health care market. Incumbents with strong content portals like Netdoktor or Onmeda, which are comparable to WebMD in the U.S., have been around for years. Recently, however, new entrants have begun looking to capitalize on web 2.0 principles for health care as well. Dr.Uri Ginzburg, who writes the Medical 2.0 blog commented on Seifert’s post saying that the mere fact that GigaOm is focusing on this trend shows that the sector is growing. Well, maybe…

19 Nov: Defining Health 2.0: It’s All About the Consumer

Frankie Dolan has a great post about the definition of Health 2.0 and how it differs from Medicine 2.0. “I have come to think of Health 2.0 websites as being those that provide services geared towards the consumer, and Medicine 2.0 those geared towards services for the medical professional” eDrugSearch is directed at the consumer, so by Frankie’s definition we are a Health 2.0 company.  And a good thing too since I have a real passion for using technology to empower the consumer. What do you think would make a good Health 2.0 application for consumers?  What is missing out there?