New prescription drug Web site

April 24, 2008 1:08:28 PM PDT
Funds from a national settlement with a major drug maker will help consumers get free access to information about prescription drugs, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Thursday.

"People need to know a lot more about prescription drugs than what TV ads tell them," said Cooper. "This will be a source for consumers to get drug information they can discuss with their doctor."

Cooper and other attorneys general from across the country today announced a $4.4 million grant to Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, to help fund the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs? program and website (www.CRBestBuyDrugs.org).

Consumers can use the Web site to get information on hundreds of prescription drugs used to treat dozens of major medical conditions including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, and diabetes. The Web site compares drugs based on affordability, safety and how well they work.

Consumers should discuss their health conditions with their doctor or medical provider before deciding to switch drugs or take any medication, Cooper cautioned.


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