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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…

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…

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…

10 Sep: New McCain commercial: “He took on the drug industry”

Some specific supporting examples provided in a press release: In 2004, John McCain Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Drug Reimportation Legislation. “At a press conference today, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) introduced breakthrough bipartisan, consensus prescription drug reimportation legislation, the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act, with Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), John McCain (R-AZ), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Tom Daschle (D-SD), Trent Lott (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).” (Sen. Olympia Snowe, Press Release, 4/21/04) A John McCain Bill To Make It Easier For Cheap Generic Drugs To Come Onto The Market Drew “Strong Opposition From The Pharmaceutical Industry.” “The most public front was active last week, with the Senate passing a bill intended to make it easier for cheap generic drugs to come…

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…

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 😉…

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…

16 Jan: Do supplements and prescription drugs interact?

Yes — although a lot of people don’t realize it. Pharmacist Sue Brenan advises consumers not to use herbal or dietary supplements with their medicine without talking with a pharmacist or physician. Here’s Sue: I’m sure the Puppet Show Dude would not agree with Sue on this one. Sue actually might be more persuasive if she employed puppets in her video.

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….

12 Dec: A Healthcare 100 for career-related blogs

The programming team that put together the Healthcare 100 for eDrugSearch.com has created a similar ranking system for career-related blogs. It’s called (shockingly enough) the Career 100. The company hosting the list is RiseSmart, which, like eDrugSearch, features a specialized search engine; theirs is for executive job openings. RiseSmart hopes the Career 100 will eventually have as many blogs as the Healthcare 100 (more than 650 and counting). We wish them well.

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…

17 Oct: Google Reader subscriber totals for the top 20 health & medical blogs

One of the most controversial aspects of the Healthcare 100 ranking system has been the use of Bloglines subscribers as a proxy measure of total subscribers. We use Bloglines for a simple reason; it discloses subscriber totals for all blogs in its system, and it has an API that allows automated tracking of these totals. Until now, Bloglines has been unique in this regard. Soon, we may be able to bolster this element of our rankings with data from Google. Google announced recently that it is has made all subscriber data for Google Reader public. To give you an idea of the data that has become available, the list below shows the top 20 Healthcare 100 blogs — reordered according to…

29 Aug: Is Hilary Clinton in bed with Big Pharma?

The 2008 presidential candidates met in Iowa at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Forum to discuss their plans to improve the American healthcare system. In the discussion, Sen. John Edwards took a swing at Hilary Clinton for accepting campaign contributions from health insurers and pharmaceutical companies. From Kaiser: He … criticized Clinton for her acceptance of campaign contributions from health insurers and pharmaceutical companies … According to Edwards, health insurers, pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists “killed the health care reform” Clinton proposed in the 1990s. Clinton said that her acceptance of campaign contributions from health insurers and pharmaceutical companies has not prevented her promotion of proposals to expand health insurance and revise prescription drug regulations … She said, “My record shows I’ve…

27 Aug: Taking the pulse of the healthcare blogosphere

It’s time for the second-annual healthcare blogosphere survey by Fard Johnmar and colleagues. Here are the details, from the news release: — Envision Solutions, LLC and Trusted.MD Network Launch Second Comprehensive Study of Global Healthcare Blogging Community The “Taking the Pulse of the Healthcare Blogosphere” survey tracks the demographics and opinions of healthcare bloggers from around the world. New York, NY (August 27, 2007) Today, Envision Solutions, LLC (www.envisionsolutionsnow.com) and Trusted.MD Network (http://trusted.md) launched the second edition of the “Taking the Pulse of the Healthcare Blogosphere” survey. This annual poll gathers comprehensive opinion and demographic data from the global community of healthcare bloggers. The 2007 edition of the survey will run from August 27 to October 15. It is open…

27 Aug: The Healthcare 100 will never be perfect — but we won’t stop trying!

I’m very proud of the Healthcare 100, because I think it has helped a lot of people (bloggers and non-bloggers alike) discover valuable new sources of information about health and medicine, healthcare policy, and other important issues. I also think our ranking algorithm works pretty well. When we have issues with a blog’s place in the rankings, as we sometimes do, it’s usually not the fault of the algorithm; the problem is that, in attempting to attain up-to-date data from Technorati, Bloglines, and Google, we sometimes hit a snag. Often, it’s a problem on their end — not ours. Nonetheless, this sometimes results in rankings that we must go back and manually correct. Such has been the case recently with…

21 Aug: Rost vs. the Pharma Blogosphere?

It used to be Peter Rost vs. John Mack, but now it seems that Peter’s popularity with some other pharma bloggers may be slipping following the release of his new book, The Killer Drug. Bloggers are protesting Peter’s “shameless self promotion” on his own blog and newly acquired BrandweekNRX. A comment on Peter’s post “Is BrandweekNRX boring?” put it this way: The only thing that’s boring is this tit-for-tat between you and he-who-now-must-not-be-named. I don’t know about anybody else, but I find it to be an incredibly childish and ridiculous pissing contest that’s making you both look bad. I read this blog for news and analysis, not he-said he-said, and I’m coming back less and less. Ignore him and get…

17 Aug: PeterNRX talks with the mysterious Jack Friday

Here’s the interview. In other pharma blogosphere news, Peter and John Mack are still feuding. As for us, we love Peter, John and Jack. We’re just disgruntled that we researched our booty off for our Pharma Girls of Reality TV post — and then nobody linked to it. Can’t we all just get along?? Speaking of which, here’s your complimentary Friday afternoon episode of “Rodney King of Queens”…

02 Aug: Can Rost lift BrandweekNRX from the blogosphere’s bowels?

Pharma bloggers are abuzz with the news that Peter Rost is replacing Jim Edwards as writer for BrandweekNRX. Writes Peter: Clearly some of things I have written in the past on Question Authority are more fitting for Brandweek, and some are less so. It will be interesting to see if the more fitting material drives traffic to Brandweek, or if people really want to read the more unprintable material right here . . .So now you have to read two blogs. So, will people do as Peter wishes and read him at both blogs? Peter’s Question Authority is currently ranked #42 in the Healthcare 100. Among pharma bloggers, only John Mack and Jack Friday rank higher. BrandweekNRX, meanwhile, has struggled;…

25 Jul: Healthcare 100 announces cool new blog widget!

We’re delighted to unveil a cool new widget that allows you to proudly display your place in the Healthcare 100. Check it out here. I’ve had problems with blog widgets with long load times in the past — so I asked my programmer to see what he could do to make the new Healthcare 100 widget load as quickly as possible. Apparently, one reason that many widgets are slow to load is that they’re JavaScript-based and require processing time on both the sending and receiving end. We built the Healthcare 100 widget so that all the work is done on our end, meaning it should load very quickly on your blog or Web site. Enjoy!

18 Jun: Blog reactions to the Healthcare 100

We’ve been truly gratified by the response to the Healthcare 100. Here are a few comments from health and medical blogs: Health Care Law Blog: “The list includes many of the top health blogs and is well worth scanning if you are interested in what is happening in the world of health and medical blogs … Cary Byrd, founder of the company, gets points for his creation of the global ranking as a way to drive traffic and make others aware of edrugsearch.com. Good classic marketing to bloggers.” PharmaGossip: “Great idea Cary!” Medgadget: “The Medical blogosphere is a growing community of vital, insightful voices. We have an opportunity to fundamentally change the way health information is communicated. Medical blogs should…

15 Jun: Introducing the Healthcare 100

By now many of you have already noticed the Healthcare 100, eDrugSearch.com’s little contribution to the health and medical blogosphere. Here’s some of the thought behind this project: 1. The blogosphere is crazy big and getting bigger every day, with Technorati tracking tens of millions of blogs of various levels of quality, posting frequency, entertainment value, etc. 2. If you’re interested in blogs about a particular subject — in my case, health and medical blogs — Technorati is not an ideal resource for finding them. The reason is that Technorati’s blog tagging system lets users determine in which categories (up to 20) their blog belongs. As a result, if you run a blog search for any healthcare-related term, you’ll have…