PharmaGuide Editorial Policy, Source of Information and Liability of Information
PharmaGuide is not a substitute for full prescribing information of any medicine. Medical and allied health professionals must be familiar with the full prescribing information of every product he/she prescribes or dispenses. PharmaGuide contains comprehensive information designed solely for use by medical and allied health professionals as a reminder of basic information such as indications, dosage and contraindications. The information has been deliberately kept concise in a standardized format so that it serves as a convenient, quick and easy reference tool. The training and experience of doctors is essential to forming any opinion on the appropriateness of a specific drug for any particular patient. In reaching professional judgment on whether to prescribe a product, which product to prescribe, and under what regimen, the doctor should thoroughly understand the options available for any clinical application, the potential effectiveness of each product, and the associated risks and side effects. This knowledge should be considered in light of the special circumstances of a patient, for each patient is unique. No single reference can substitute medical training and experience. The doctor must be familiar with the full product information of every product he or she prescribes, as well as the relevant medical information. The prescribing & dispensing decisions are ultimately the responsibility of members of the healthcare profession. PharmaGuide is offered to assist medical and allied health professionals in this area and minimize medication errors. Drug Interaction Checker is an add-on to the PharmaGuide Application. Information of Drug Interaction is also provided in the prescribing information section of products. Drug Interaction Checker includes only those interactions for which specific drug interaction studies demonstrating severity, onset, effects, mechanism and management have been published. Some drug interactions are not included in the Drug Interaction Checker because specific studies covering all the above parameters have not been published. Users are therefore advised to refer to INTERACTIONS in the prescribing information section of this application in order to determine whether or not drug interaction exists.
Source of Information:
All products are classified in the Therapeutic Category according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Classification (ATC) Table of EphMRA (European Pharmaceutical Market Research Association, a non-profit organization for the classification of all pharmaceutical products in the world). They have developed and maintained a classification system that clearly mentions which products are to appear under which Pharmacological Therapeutic Category. This list is similar to that of WHO Anatomical Therapeutic Classification. Both the organizations EphMRA and WHO are continuously working together for unification of classification of codes of pharmaceutical products. PharmaGuide strictly adheres to EphMRA Classification and accordingly, all the pharmaceuticals are placed in their relevant Therapeutic Categories. The sources for prescribing information of medicines are USFDA and UKMOH full prescribing information of medicines, which are approved by USFDA and UKMOH. The sources also include full prescribing information of products provided by the manufacturers to the medical and allied health profession, if supported by USFDA or UKMOH. These are the sources of information for prescribing information i.e. indications, dosage, administration, contraindications, precautions, drug-drug interactions and adverse effects. Cross validation of information is also done from the information provided in world recognized textbooks and reference books on pharmacology and therapeutics, for example, Martindale The Extra Pharmacopeia, Good & Gillman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics and Drug Facts & Comparisons USA.
Liability of Information:
PharmaGuide has more than three decades of experience in disseminating prescribing information. It is not an official compendium or reference book of any ministry of health, neither a substitute for an official compendium. PharmaGuide is a quick reference source of information, to be referred only by medical and allied health professionals, to assist them in fulfilling their professional responsibilities. PharmaGuide takes full liability if any wrong or misguiding prescribing information is provided in the publication, to the extent that if the information does not appear in the USFDA and UKMOH full prescribing information or world-recognized text books and reference books on pharmacology and therapeutics. At any point of time PharmaGuide can provide the specific source for any specific pharmaceutical product information on demand. Every effort has been made to make the information accurate and error- free. However, chances of minor human error may be possible keeping in view that data is collected, compiled and standardized from different countries. Therefore, PharmaGuide, its employees or agents cannot be held responsible for any human error or omission howsoever, or for any consequence arising therefrom.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored at a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means- electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of PharmaGuide management.
Information Collected About You
SMS & Emails to You
At registration and at various times as you use the PharmaGuide Apps, you will be given the option of providing us with Personal Information in order to receive recurring or one-time emails or mobile sms – such as a phone number verification SMS – via email from PharmaGuide and/or directly from third parties.
Emails You Send to PharmaGuide
Even if you do not register with or provide any Personal Information to PharmaGuide, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the PharmaGuide Apps. “Non-Personal Information” means information that does not specifically identify an individual person. We may also acquire Non-Personal Information about our users from external sources. While you may use some of the functionality of PharmaGuide without registration, many of the specific tools and services on the PharmaGuide Apps require that you register with PharmaGuide.
What Choices Do I Have?
Updating/Removing Your Personal Information
If you have registered and desire to delete any of your Personal Information you have provided to us from our systems please contact us using the contact information listed below. Upon your request, we will delete your Personal Information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to the PharmaGuide Apps from our servers.
How Information Collected About You Is Used
Information collected by PharmaGuide about you is used by PharmaGuide to:
- administer your account and our Apps,
- provide you with access to particular tools and services,
- respond to your inquiries you send to us and to send you administrative communications about the PharmaGuide Apps or services,
- obtain your feedback about the PharmaGuide Apps or our offerings,
- statistically analyze trends and user behavior and activity including how frequently areas of the app are visited and how many emails are received and opened,
- conduct research and measurement activities, including those described below.
- Send you personalized emails or secure electronic messages pertaining to your interests, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities from PharmaGuide; or
- Send you relevant offers and informational materials on behalf of our sponsors pertaining to your interests.
PharmaGuide may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by PharmaGuide about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources.
Research and Measurement Activities
Information that PharmaGuide collects about you may be combined by PharmaGuide with other information available to PharmaGuide through third parties for research and measurement purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of content or programs. This information from other sources may include age, gender, demographic, geographic, personal interests, product purchase activity or other information. We may report aggregate information, which is not able to be identified back to an individual user of the PharmaGuide Apps, to our current or prospective business partners. We do not sell or share any Personal Information with any third parties, except that contractors performing services on our behalf may be provided access to Personal Information when performing these services. These contractors agree not to use this information for any purpose other than performing services on our behalf.
With Whom Do We Share Your Information?
Disclosures to PharmaGuide Contractors
How Do We Secure and Retain Your Information?
We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information. Despite PharmaGuide's efforts to protect your Personal Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. When you enter Personal Information (including personal health information in various tools on our website), we encrypt the transmission of that information or use SSL connections (Secure Socket Layer) technology.
We will retain your Personal Information as long as your account is active or needed to provide you services. At any time you can remove your Personal Information by instruct us to remove it, but you should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to PharmaGuide from our servers. PharmaGuide tools that collect and store Personal Information allow you to correct, update or review information you have submitted by going back to the specific tool, logging-in and making the desired changes. We will also retain your Personal Information as necessary to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The PharmaGuide Apps are not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 16.
Contacting PharmaGuide About Your Personal Information or Privacy
You can contact us or use other options to resolve any complaints. If you have questions or complaints regarding this Policy, please first contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.