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Drugs.com Furthers Reach of FDA Consumer Health Information

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The Food and Drug Administration and the website Drugs.com (www.drugs.com) have teamed to broaden the reach of FDA's consumer health information.

A new partnership forged by the two entities provides consumers with a joint resource on Drugs.com's site that features FDA Consumer Update articles, videos, and slideshows. It will also bring FDA health information to Drugs.com’s mobile phone platform.

Drugs.com seeks to provide patients with information to better manage their own health care and to assist in the reduction of medication errors. It attracts more than 12 million unique visitors each month.

"The partnership with Drugs.com means that reliable, useful, and timely health information will be available to an even wider audience," says Beth Martino, FDA’s associate commissioner for external affairs. “Partnerships like this are an important part of FDA’s effort to ensure the public has easy access to reliable, useful information that can help people protect and improve their health.”

"We are very excited about partnering with FDA to provide consumers with public health and safety information on our site as well as our mobile phone platform," says Philip Thornton, CEO of Drugs.com.

The complete terms and components of the partnership with Drugs.com are described in a Memorandum of Understanding published in the May 26, 2010, Federal Register and available online at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-12638.pdf.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Updated: May 26, 2010

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