Dr. Diana Graalum
”It is rewarding to help people find solutions to their medication needs — whether by providing information for better understanding, dealing with unwanted side effects, finding more convenient dosing or addressing the issue of cost. Medications need to fit the person, holistically, to be wholly successful.”
Dr. Lisa Dofka
“Making a positive impact in the lives of others is why I entered this field. I believe pharmacists have a central role in working across disciplines to improve the experience, cost-effectiveness, and quality of care.”
Dr. Lacey Becker
“I am passionate about educating patients so they can engage more actively in their healthcare. I want patients to feel empowered to work with their healthcare providers, as equal partners, to make the best possible medication decisions for themselves.”
How we work
We grade how well medications work based on solid scientific evidence. No influence from marketing. No kickbacks from
Medication grade definitions
Strong proof of a large health benefit
Strong proof of a moderate health benefit
Some proof of a possible health benefit
Some proof of more harm than benefit to health
Strong proof of harm or danger to health
Incomplete, inconslusive, or flawed studies
A treatment we have not graded yet
The grading process
How well does a medication work? Is it safe? These are the big questions drug studies ask. We gather these studies to see how a drug was assessed, then monitor reports to see if any safety concerns arise.
When we review a study, we look at all aspects of the trial: how it was performed, whether it shows favorable results, if it included high-quality medical measures and more.
We collect this body of evidence to estimate the “net health benefit” a medication has on a specific condition, measuring its benefits, adverse effects and potential harms.
We grade medications based on how well they work and how well they performed in studies. We also compare treatments to measure which performs best.
Medications that receive higher grades are the ones that best improve patients’ health. Our process allows us to identify the net health benefit and indirectly compare treatments even when they haven’t been directly compared in a head-to-head study. This gives you a bigger picture of what may—or may not—work best for you.
We’re all about the evidence. We provide references to the studies we reviewed and state our findings on the studies we used to assign a grade. Our rigorous assessment methodology is recognized by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nationally recognized independent research organization that studies the effectiveness and value of medications.
On a medication’s detail page, you’ll find our work: references and findings of the studies we used to give a grade. Our grades don’t reflect cost, insurance coverage, or reviews by
To gain FDA approval, a manufacturer must prove that the medication offers more benefit than a placebo (sugar pill) and that its harms don’t outweigh its benefits. Pharmaceuticals are not required to show that their medication is safer or more effective than other medications that are already available.
Pharmacist-assigned grades offer evidence-based proof of how well a treatment works so it can be compared against other options. We also grade for “off-label” uses of medications so that patients and doctors can see all the treatment options, including those within this common and acceptable medical practice.
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