Nowhere is this made more clear than with a new program called iGuard. According to their website (http://www.iguard.org):
"iGuard is the fastest and easiest way for you to get personalized alerts and updates on the safety of your medicines.
We are the catalyst for the new conversation among patients, physicians, pharmacists, drug researchers and the government. Launched in 2007 as a startup venture funded by Quintiles Transnational, "iGuard puts the power of drug safety in the hands of each American, right where it should be," states Dr. Hugo Stephenson, founder and president of iGuard.
We facilitate the virtual flow of communication among patients, physicians, and researchers according to two guiding principles:
With iGuard, patients can feel safer because they will be sent the drug safety information they need, when they need it.
The more people that join iGuard, the faster we can help researchers identify safety problems - and communicate this information back to patients, caregivers, and their providers."
It's worth a look -- because it provides a hopeful glimpse into the future of drug safety.
I have seen the future -- and it is collaborative.