80% of patients suffering from Major depressive disorder, Generalised anxiety Disorder, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain use “Dr.Google” and other online services to research & share experiences about their conditions. Pain specialists constantly talk about patients & their caregivers coming with printouts of others patients experiences & asking how it may be applicable to their own condition. Ideally, Pain Specialists would like to stay on top of other patients perspectives that is shared online and be more prepared to handle patient questions. However, staying updated of ever changing information on the internet is a full time job in itself.
To quickly understand patient perspectives without drowning in the complexity, Pain Specialists use PharmaFlare (www.pharmaflare.com), to track Pain Relieving drugs such as Cymbalta, Lyrica, Lidoderm & Duragesic in a simple and concise way. PharmaFlare uses advanced web crawling technology to monitor thousands of internet forums, blogs & other internet resources to track patient conversations & discussions. All patient discussions are vetted by pharmaceutical domain experts and anonymized before presenting it in a concise and coherent manner.
Pain Specialists, physicians & patients use this service because the patient viewpoints feature of PharmaFlare is free for them & is extremely simple to get the information. To get started, Pain Specialists just need to request access by filling in a form on the PharmaFlare website (http://www.pharmaflare.com/request-access.html). Once they have been verified as legitimate physicians, the PharmaFlare team sends a fortnightly email with a simple collection of the most relevant patient viewpoints in the Pain-Relieving market.
The information can also be accessed on the PharmaFlare website through their PC, iPhone, iPad and other devices for easy reference. When patients come with any internet research to their office, Pain specilists can easily refer to the information and let them know that they are aware of the latest patient viewpoints. Seeing their physician stay on top of the latest information, inspires confidence in patients on their choice of prescription. Key patient viewpoints are also cross indexed to topics such as “Cymbalta vs lyrica” & “Lidoderm dosage” & other top of mind issues for patients.