FreeMd.com analyzes symptoms, provides advice on medication, therapy
ORLANDO, Fla. DSHI Systems, a physician-led medical technology company, has teamed up with Medline Plus to develop a new site dubbed FreeMD.com. The site is basically a virtual doctor who conducts an interview, analyzes symptoms and provides expert advice.
FreeMD uses artificial intelligence to control a video doctor who asks questions and shows pictures. The virtual doctor analyzes more than 3,000 symptoms and injuries in infants, children and adults.
“Consumers are on their own when making the decision to see a doctor,” Stephen Schueler, founder of DSHI Systems, said. “Do they go to the emergency room, urgent care center, doctor’s office or the nurse retail clinic? How does the average person know what to do?”
FreeMD’s advice includes answers to such questions as: What might be causing my symptoms? Do I need to see a doctor? Where should I go for care? How do I care for myself?
The interview then creates a Web page that contains care instructions and a personal health record. Consumers may email the record to their doctor or print a copy and take it with them. This is designed to help consumers to be better prepared for a doctor visit. FreeMD has created more than 130,000 personal health records in the past three months.
FDA grants conditional approval to generic version of Wyeth’s Effexor
PITTSBURGH The Food and Drug Administration has given tentative approval to a generic version of Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s Effexor XR, an antidepressant.
Mylan announced the FDA decision Monday for its version of the drug, known generically as venlafaxine hydrochloride. Mylan plans to sell the extended-release capsules in 37.5 mg, 75 mg and 150 mg formulations.
The branded version of the drug had sales of $3 billion during the 12 months ending Sept. 30, according to IMS Health.
Interpol seizes more than $6 million in counterfeit prescription drugs in Asia
NEW YORK More than $6 million in counterfeit drugs were seized in an international Interpol sting as part of an investigation lasting five months.
The bust, called Operation Storm, netted $6.65 million in counterfeits of drugs for malaria, HIV and tuberculosis in Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and China.
The international law-enforcement agency arrested 27 people in the sting.