About PharmacyChecker.com

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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 interest. To learn the details about our programs, products and services click here.

KEY MANAGEMENT:
Tod Cooperman, M.D., President and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues. 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.

Gabriel Levitt, M.A., Vice President and Co-founder
Mr. Levitt 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.

Ram Kamath, Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacy Policy and International Verifications
Dr. Kamath has extensive experience in hospital, retail, managed care pharmacy, and regulatory affairs. Dr. Kamath has conducted research on cross-national drug approval processes, pharmacy regulations, drug distribution systems, and pricing methodologies in many countries. He coauthored three reports on safe personal drug importation. As Special Advocate for Prescription Drugs for the State of Illinois, he played a major role in formulary management and rebate negotiations, and developed operational standards for international pharmacies. I-SaveRx, a personal drug importation program he helped design and implement for Illinois residents, was adopted by Kansas, Missouri, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Dr. Kamath is a graduate of Chicago College of Pharmacy.


INFORMATION COLLECTION:
Prices
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
Pharmacy licenses are checked directly with appropriate local pharmacy boards.

Pharmacy Profiles
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 profile HERE.

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.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
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 to info@pharmacychecker.com.