Leading Health Website Offers New Approach to Comparative Medicine

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RateADrug.com introduces a methodical way for patients to compare conventional treatments to alternative and complementary therapies.

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It is highly likely that the Obama health care reform plan will include an alternative medicine component, given the popularity and economic advantages of preventive and complementary medicine. Going forward, the need for a more systematic approach to finding out what actually works and what doesn't will be very important.

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User-based health website RateADrug.com has added treatment evaluation and statistical comparison tools for alternative medicines and herbal supplements. Consumers will now be able to assess the safety and effectiveness of supplements and traditional Ayurvedic, Chinese, and homeopathic medicines, plus herbal remedies, vitamins, and minerals in addition to prescription drugs. Anyone trying to decide on the best treatment for their condition can use the site to make a personal evaluation of their current prescriptions and complementary medications, as well as look at how well other users rate both those and similar treatments.

Americans spend an estimated $34 billion per year on alternative therapies, roughly eleven percent of their out-of-pocket health expenses. However, most of the data used for making complementary treatment decisions comes from manufacturers or distributors. While the prescription drug industry has faced serious questions about the objectivity and integrity of the scientific data used to approve or prescribe conventional drugs, unregulated alternative therapies pose an equally important challenge. RateADrug offers an unbiased and highly systematic way for users to evaluate their own experiences with medications and compare them with crowd-sourced input from other users. The long-term goal will be to provide a comprehensive source of unbiased, user-based treatment data for all types of medications that will complement existing sources of health information.

"RateADrug users can directly compare real-world safety and effectiveness data of both prescription and alternative therapies to discover which treatment might be best for their specific condition," says Mark Deuitch, RateADrug's founder. "They can also e-mail their own evaluations of their current treatments to their doctor to initiate more productive office visits. RateADrug's new complementary therapy evaluations will enable doctors to understand patients' goals with supplements and avoid potentially dangerous interactions."    

Furthermore, says Deuitch, "It is highly likely that the Obama health care reform plan will include an alternative medicine component, given the popularity and economic advantages of preventive and complementary medicine. Going forward, the need for a more systematic approach to finding out what actually works and what doesn't will be very important."

RateADrug offers user evaluations and ratings for popular alternative medications including calcium, Vitamin B, Zicam, Valerian, Echinacea, Melatonin, Cat's Claw, Saw Palmetto, Ginkgo, Dong Quai, Yin Chiao, Milk Thistle, Ginseng, Astragalus, St. John's Wort, Goldenseal, Turmeric, and over 1000 other popular herbs and supplements. A full list of alternative therapy reports is available at http://www.rateadrug.com/Supplements.aspx .

About RateADrug.com

RateADrug.com provides online user-based studies and treatment evaluation tools for prescription drugs and alternative therapies. RateADrug's unique and highly systematic approach to crowd-sourced data collection provides a complementary source of health information that can be used in conjunction with FDA advisories, drug warning labels and physicians' advice. Users of prescription or alternative medications can learn about possible side effects and benefits of over 9000 prescription drugs and supplements and receive a free Doctor/Patient treatment evaluation report at http://www.RateADrug.com . RateADrug was created by the same software design team that developed and maintains PeopleClaim.com, FastDue.com, and YourFreeLegalForms.com.

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