July 12, 2012
Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, has developed an interactive website so people taking its HIV drug Prezista can learn more about it.
Consumers often are given drug information sheets when they pick up their prescription, but these are typically dull and hard to read. Prezistazone.com features animated characters who detail how the drug works. "Jacob," a newly diagnosed patient, discusses the importance of taking the drug every day, possible side effects and questions patients may have for their doctor.
"The project was developed around a long-term goal to create new approaches to education," said Philomena McArthur, senior director of regulatory advertising and promotions at Janssen Therapeutics. "It's not intended as a promotional tool but as an educational tool," McArthur said. "We hope patients will use it to get answers to their questions -- about the product, about its proper use, about its safety -- in a way that's easy to understand."
The website is not meant to replace FDA-approved educational materials, McArthur said. The company plans to promote the site at doctor's offices, pharmacies, clinics, and community centers serving people with HIV.
Joseph Tarallo, vice president of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association, noted that pharmacists are an often-overlooked source of information for patients. "We are here to speak with patients and answer questions," he said.
06.24.2012; Susan Todd
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