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.
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Tod Cooperman, M.D., President
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
Mr. Levitt is responsible for all business operations, including collecting,
maintaining, and analyzing information about online pharmacies for
PharmacyChecker.com. He is also responsible for business products
and development. Prior to joining PC, Mr. Levitt served in research
capacities for businesses and organizations involved in international
trade and government relations, including the United Nations Association
of the United States of America, and the International City/County
Management Association. 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. Mr. Levitt is president of the United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter.
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.
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