Prescription drugs are a part of everyday life for millions of Americans. We filled 4,468,929,929 prescriptions in 2016, up 85% in 2 decades. That same year, pharmaceutical companies spent $5.6 billion on direct-to-consumer ads, a 9% increase over the previous year. Do these medications have short or long term side effects? Are there alternative solutions that may be just as effective with lower risk?
Guided by a passion to educate and encourage patients to pro-actively inquire about the short and long term side effects of prescription medications before accepting them, MedShadow Foundation seeks to prompt discussion between patient and health care provider. This includes asking deeper questions of the physician or pharmacist, looking at the pros and cons of prescription drugs, and if appropriate, exploring other options. We encourage our readers to avoid blind acceptance of prescription drugs and become an engaged advocate in their own health and wellbeing.
MedShadow Adds DES Action USA
In 2015, the DES Action board of directors voted to donate the organization to MedShadow Foundation where it could continue to thrive. DES Action USA is a nonprofit advocacy organization that provides information and educational resources to individuals exposed to the harmful drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES Action has been the leading advocacy, education and support organization for all who have been affected by DES exposure since 1979. For more information, please visit DESAction.org.
MedShadow Foundation uses its website and various social media platforms to gather and post timely articles and news about medical conditions, side effects and alternative therapies. While we recognize that medications save lives and that many are absolutely necessary in treating chronic illness and in managing life-and-death situations, we also know that some are over prescribed and that accurate and complete information on side effects is severely lacking. Long-term effects are not studied before FDA approval. We hope to help fill this information void and encourage patients to do a risk/benefit analysis of the medications they are prescribed.
The MedShadow Foundation team consists of concerned consumers and parents, not medical professionals. Please do not substitute what is said on the MedShadow website for what is advised by your doctor or health care provider, particularly when dealing with serious medical issues. Please share your stories and concerns, and let us know about your experiences and victories by posting comments on our stories or sending us notes via our contact page.
An independent 501c3 charitable organization, MedShadow does not accept advertising or contributions from pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, medical device manufacturers or political action organizations.
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