WHO WE ARE:
PharmacyChecker.com (www.pharmacychecker.com) is the only independent company that verifies U.S. and international online pharmacies and compares prescription drug prices. Our verifications and price comparisons have been referenced by AARP Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. We were formed in 2002 when our founder, Tod Cooperman, M.D., saw that increasing numbers of Americans were looking on the Internet to save money on medication but did not have adequate information to protect their health. We are a stakeholder in the online consumer-driven healthcare community, seeking an open Internet environment that promotes innovation and new business models, especially those that serve the public health.
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Tod Cooperman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues. He has testified on health and nutrition issues before subcommittees of the Senate and House of Representatives and has been an invited lecturer at the National Institutes of Health. In addition to founding PharmacyChecker.com, Dr. Cooperman founded ConsumerLab.com (www.consumerlab.com), the leading independent evaluator of dietary supplements (vitamin, mineral, herbal, and non-herbal) and nutrition products. Dr. Cooperman also founded CareData Reports, Inc., an evaluator of consumer satisfaction with managed care (now a division of J.D. Power and Associates). Dr. Cooperman is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine and received his B.A. in medical science and economics from Boston University. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post's Healthy Living section.
Gabriel Levitt, M.A., President and Co-founder
Mr. Levitt provides strategic direction, manages the online pharmacy verification program and listing programs, as well as web content and development. He is responsible for business development and research. He is also a public advocate for prescription drug affordability in America, Internet freedom, and the United Nations. He has testified before Congress on issues relating to access to affordable medicines and Internet freedom, published an op-ed in the New York Times about online pharmacies and personal drug importation, and is the proud author of a chapter in an anthology about defeating the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Mr. Levitt is president of the United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter and sits on the Brooklyn County Democratic Committee. Mr. Levitt received his Masters in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Political Science from Roger Williams University.
Kelly Ann Barnes, RPh, JD, Vice President of Pharmacy Verification and Information
Ms. Barnes has a passion for safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance and patient access to affordable medication. She has been a registered pharmacist in Massachusetts for over 20 years and has worked in both the community and hospital pharmacy settings. Most recently, Ms. Barnes was the Director of Pharmacy Quality Assurance for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy where she worked with staff and Board Members to monitor regulatory compliance by conducting file reviews, investigations, inspections and surveys, as well as reviewing and analyzing medication errors, drug losses and other incident reports. Ms. Barnes also provided regulatory compliance guidance, which included interpretation of USP <795> and <797> compliance standards, to pharmacies and pharmacists. She played a key role in the drafting of best practice pharmacy standards and new regulations in response to Massachusetts pharmacy reform legislation. Ms. Barnes received a BS Pharm from Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. She is an Adjunct Professor of Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University and a Pharmacy Practice Laboratory Instructor at Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy.
Andrew Brown, Pharm.D.
Mr. Brown advises PharmacyChecker.com on its Verification Program and has a passion for quality assurance and compliance. Previously, he worked for Walgreens as a community pharmacist providing care to diverse patient populations and in pharmaceutical compounding with a concentration on sterile compounding QA/QC. Certified in aseptic compounding, he has extensive experience in various cGMP practices pertaining to Outsourcing Facilities, Good Documentation Practices (GDP), and performing CAPA and Root Cause Analysis. He is a member of the American Society for Quality and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Andrew received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Albany College of Pharmacy.
Pharmacy prices are periodically gathered electronically using proprietary
Web crawling technology or price feeds from online pharmacies. PC
tries to match and show prices for similar products in comparative
fashion wherever possible.
Pharmacy licenses are checked directly with appropriate local pharmacy boards.
PharmacyChecker.com provides detailed information profiles of online
pharmacies. Policies, procedures, contact information, and other information
about online pharmacies are collected directly from the sites and
then sent to these sites for review and verification. See a sample
OWNERSHIP, AFFILIATIONS, AND SOURCES OF REVENUE:
PharmacyChecker.com, LLC is a privately held company based in Westchester
County, New York. PharmacyChecker.com is not affiliated with any pharmacy
or with any manufacturer or distributor of health products. It is
an affiliate of ConsumerLab.com - www.ConsumerLab.com
- an independent evaluator of dietary supplements and nutrition products. PharmacyChecker.com also runs MedicareDrugPlans.com - www.MedicareDrugPlans.com
- a site that allows consumers to compare, discuss, and rate Medicare
Part D prescription drug plans. Revenues are derived from fees generated
from the Verification Program, pharmacy listings, and advertising.
PC welcomes input from any interested party (e.g., consumer groups,
retailers, healthcare professionals, academic and commercial researchers,
manufacturers, government agencies, trade groups, etc.) on its evaluations
and reporting. Comments and questions should be submitted electronically