Frequently asked questions about meamedica.com
Is meamedica.com independent? Who is responsible for meamedica.com?
meamedica.com is a product of Insight Pharma Services BV. Insight Pharma Services is completely independent and is not affiliated with any other parties within the medical and pharmaceutical worlds.
What kind of company is IPS?
Insight Pharma Services was established by a pharmacist in 2008 with the aim of supporting patients in their use of medication. It gives the information surrounding drugs a new perspective by considering the point of view of the patient. The focus is on what really happens during the use of a certain medication and this is what allows the patient to play a crucial role. This focus is the basis for all activities at Insight PS and is why we concentrate on medical and pharmaceutical knowledge. This business model led to a new round of investment in the beginning of 2010 and allowed Insight PS to give its ideas more shape.
What is the objective of meamedica.com?
As its objective meamedica.com aims to support the user whilst they are taking their medication by posting experiences on the website. So, the user and their experiences with medication are the centre point.
Every experience reflects how each particular user experiences or interprets it. Naturally the effect of any given drug can be different on different people and these experiences are personal. meamedica.com therefore always advises that if you have any questions about your medication, and whether or not you should start or stop taking it, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Does this website undermine the position of the doctor or the pharmacist?
No, absolutely not. The choice of medication is always the responsibility of the doctor. The patient should, however, be supported in their search for information, which means that sometimes there can be a lot of discussion between the doctor and the patient. A variety of research has shown that when a patient is actively involved in their treatment (or choice of medication), the likelihood of them sticking to the treatment plan is increased.
How is privacy protected?
meamedica.com believes the privacy of the visitors to its website is of the utmost importance to its activities. The details that someone submits when giving their review are logged in a protected database. The information from this database which then appears on the website is not linked with or connected to any personal data. meamedica.com adheres in all cases to the conditions set forth by the Personal Data Protection Act. For further information, please see the privacy declaration on our website.
What is your business model?
Insight Pharma Services BV chose to make the websites with anonymised experiences of medication free to use. Insight PS generates income by selling plugins and widgets, which means that our website is advertised on other websites, and vice versa. This allows us to expand the reach of our website and is an interactive way in which information can be shared with our clients/patients. Reports, which provide a better overview of the effects of medications, are also available on Insight PS. This means a company can, for example, compare the satisfaction of its treatment with other treatments.
ABOUT SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES
How does meamedica.com guarantee the validity of reviews?
All reviews we receive are checked against various criteria, including, for example whether several reviews originate from one single address, and language use and expressions; we also monitor the number of reviews per drug per visitor. A pharmacist is responsible for carrying out these checks which allow us to protect the quality of our website.
Why do you need my email address? What happens to my email address if I leave it with an review?
If we have a question about a message that we've received from you, we will use the email address to contact you.
Can I give my review anonymously?
All reviews on our website are posted anonymously. Your name and email address are kept private at meamedica.com.
How long will it take for my review to appear on the website?
All reviews are screened and checked by a pharmacist before they can be posted on the website. We aim to publish your review within 48 hours of receiving it.
I have submitted a review but I can't find it anywhere. Why not?
meamedica.com reserves the right not to publish a review or to remove text without explanation. By this we mean for example uninformative reviews, or offensive or accusatory texts. It may also be possible that your review has not yet been reviewed; see the answer to the previous question.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
- If you have any other questions, then please feel free to contact us any time via our contact page. We will answer your question as quickly as we can.