Pharmacists from Leading US Online Pharmacy Will Personally Respond To Questions as MedHelp Launches its First Drug Information Forum
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and BELLEVUE, WA - September 24, 2008
- MedHelp (http://www.medhelp.org
), the leading online health community connecting people to medical experts, information and shared experiences, and the drugstore.com pharmacy (http://www.drugstore.com/pharmacy
) today announced a partnership to provide registered pharmacists to answer questions from MedHelp members. The new forum on MedHelp.org is called Ask-a-Pharmacist
and is the first to focus solely on medications.
"Drug and treatment information is the 2nd largest search category in health, only behind symptom searches," said John de Souza, MedHelp CEO. "We are honored to be able to provide people with access to the highest quality drug and treatment information, leveraging the knowledge and experience of the pharmacists at drugstore.com."
"drugstore.com pharmacists care about providing the best information to ensure safe and proper use of prescription and over-the-counter medications to improve people's health," said Ron Kelly, vice president, customer and pharmacy services, drugstore.com, inc. "Our pharmacists are looking forward to participating in the new forum, answering questions and connecting with the MedHelp online health community."
This partnership brings expertise from drugstore.com registered pharmacists to MedHelp's online healthcare community, the largest in the world with over 5.5 million unique visitors each month. MedHelp's site connects visitors with each other and to the best healthcare experts in the world to get high quality medical information and share health-related experiences. This partnership further expands the list of MedHelp's blue chip medical partners. People can now get information on MedHelp's website on 200+ health topics from over 125 medical experts representing the world's best medical institutions, including 9 of the Top 11 hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report "2008 America's Best Hospitals" list.
About the drugstore.com pharmacy
MedHelp, with over 5.5 million monthly users, is the largest online health community site connecting people with shared medical experiences. MedHelp provides its users with access to advice from experts at the top medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, National Jewish, Partners Health, drugstore.com, inc. and Mount Sinai. MedHelp members can access an online archive of millions of posts across hundreds of medical conditions. In addition, MedHelp offers personalized user accounts, information on health topics and treatments, and an extensive set of health tools to help users track and monitor various health conditions. For additional information, please visit http://www.medhelp.org
The drugstore.com pharmacy (http://www.drugstore.com/pharmacy
) is a leading online destination for prescription medication, information, and services. A broad selection of over 5,000 drugs is available with a verified prescription from a US licensed health care provider. Most insurance plans are accepted, customers not using insurance will find competitive pricing, and prescriptions can be delivered to all 50 states. The easy to use web store provides customers a secure and private shopping experience plus resources to safeguard their health such as the Drug Interaction Checker and the eMedAlert program. The drugstore.com pharmacy, operated by DS Pharmacy, Inc., is certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site (VIPPS) and complies with federal and state laws and regulations in the United States. DS Pharmacy, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of drugstore.com, inc. (NASDAQ: DSCM), whose portfolio of brands includes drugstore.com, Beauty.com, and VisionDirect.com. In addition, drugstore.com
offers a wide selection of nearly 40,000 over-the-counter products including medicine cabinet essentials, home medical equipment, vitamins and supplements, and products to support healthy lifestyles.