Kurt Peters , Senior Executive Editor
Bellevue, WA. -August 8, 2001 - In a step toward advancing technology and affordable medication costs in U.S. healthcare, drugstore.com™, the nation`s leading online drugstore, is providing retail prescription drug price information to approximately 145,000 U.S. doctors and 140,000 medical students and other health care professionals via ePocrates, Inc., the leading provider of real-time medical information delivered to the point of care.
This information, which is updated monthly for ePocrates`qRx 4.0 handheld device users, includes prices for more than 10,000 prescription drugs.
"Helping consumers and health care providers make more appropriate and affordable prescription drug decisions is drugstore.com`s goal," said drugstore.com, inc. Chief Pharmacist, Andy Stergachis. "In the field of online health, we`re a technology leader and thrilled our price information is helping physicians and patients make informed choices."
By having price information at their fingertips, doctors also have the ability to search for an alternative drug, such as a lower cost alternative. Patients can now learn of a drug`s cost before arriving at the pharmacy counter, thereby increasing the likelihood the prescription will be picked up and taken according to instructions.
"By using drugstore.com`s pricing information, doctors can make more informed prescribing decisions, which will ultimately result in improved patient care," added ePocrates Vice President of Business Development, Dr. Richard Fiedotin.
According to a Harris Interactive poll, 20 percent of doctors have PDAs, or handheld personal assistants. In addition, a March 2001 American College of Cardiology survey found 57 percent of its members used handheld devices.
Editor`s Note: For a price comparison chart highlighting commonly prescribed medications, please contact Kristine Jimenez at (425) 372-3226.
drugstore.com, inc. (NASDAQ: DSCM) is the leading online drugstore and information site offering A Very Healthy Way to Shop™ for health, beauty, wellness, personal care, and pharmacy products. The drugstore.com™ online store provides a convenient, private, and informative shopping experience that encourages consumers to purchase products essential to healthy, everyday living. The Web store offers thousands of brand-name personal health care products at competitive prices; a full-service, licensed retail pharmacy; and a wealth of health-related information, buying guides, and other tools designed to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Consumers can personalize their shopping experiences with shopping lists, e-mail reminders for replenishing regularly used products, and private e-mail access to pharmacists and beauty experts for questions.
drugstore.com has been awarded the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a fully licensed facility exercising the best safe pharmacy practices in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. drugstore.com has also been rated the top health category site by Forrester PowerRankings, which provides objective rankings of the leading e-commerce sites.
drugstore.com has formed strategic relationships with Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE, PSE: RAD), WellPoint Health Networks Inc. (NYSE: WLP) and General Nutrition Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCI).