Walgreens.com is already offering access to content from the PatientsLikeMe portal. That partnership has been extended, with Walgreens.com now also including information on how certain prescription medications could affect users.
The new information, which is updated daily and comes from aggregated reports by PatientsLikeMe members, highlights the reasons why patients use specific prescription drugs and how effective they think they are. Also included are lists of the top five medication alternatives patients have tried for the same condition, as well as links to more extensive reports about dosage, duration, adherence and burden for more than 5,000 medications.
PatientsLikeMe is a free network where anyone living with a chronic condition can track and share symptom and treatment experiences, connect with others and contribute data for research. The website has helped more than 400,000 people learn from each other about how to improve outcomes.
"Whether you're just starting a new medication or you're researching alternatives, knowing what others have already experienced is invaluable," Michael Evers, PatientsLikeMe's Executive Vice President of Marketing, Technology & Operations, said in a statement. "We're excited that our members are helping more people know their options and what to expect, so that everyone can make more informed choices for their health."