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Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: Prescription drugs are a part of everyday life for millions of Americans who spent in excess of $329 billion on these medicines in 2013, an increase of 3.2% over the previous year. The pharmaceutical industry spent $3.8 billion in marketing these medications to doctors and consumers. Do they have short or long term side effects? Are there alternative solutions that may be just as effective with lower risk? Guided by a passion to educate and encourage patients to pro-actively inquire about the short and long term side effects of prescription medications before accepting them, MedShadow Foundation seeks to prompt discussion between patient and health care provider. This includes asking deeper questions of the physician or pharmacist, looking at the pros and cons of prescription drugs, and if appropriate, exploring other options. We encourage our readers to avoid blind acceptance of prescription drugs and become an engaged advocate in their own health and wellbeing. In 2014 MedShadow Foundation Inc. acquired DES Action USA®, a nonprofit advocacy organization that provides information and educational resources to individuals exposed to the harmful drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES Action has been the leading advocacy, education and support organization for all who have been affected by DES exposure since 1979. To find our more information about DES, please visit DESAction.org MedShadow Foundation uses its website and various social media platforms to gather and post timely articles and news about medical conditions, side effects and alternative therapies. While we recognize that medications save lives and that many are absolutely necessary in treating chronic illness and in managing life-and-death situations, we also know that some are over prescribed and that accurate and complete information on side effects is severely lacking. Long-term effects are not studied before FDA approval. We hope to help fill this information void and encourage patients to do a risk/benefit analysis of the medications they are prescribed. The MedShadow Foundation team consists of concerned consumers and parents, not medical professionals. Please do not substitute what is said on the MedShadow website for what is advised by your doctor or health care provider, particularly when dealing with serious medical issues. Please share your stories and concerns, and let us know about your experiences and victories by posting comments on our stories or sending us notes via our contact page. An independent 501c3 charitable organization, MedShadow does not accept advertising or contributions from pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, medical device manufacturers or political action organizations.

Target demographics: prompt discussion between patient and health care provider to pro-actively inquire about the short and long term side effects of prescription medications before accepting them

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 30,000 readers monthly

Geographic areas served: consumer education and advocacy

Programs: our website and various social media platforms to gather and post timely articles and news about medical conditions, side effects and alternative therapies.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime I want to check the side effects of my medication, I always go to MedShadow. The site is informative, easy to read, and I always find the information I’m looking for and then some.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love getting my weekly email updates to see what I can learn from the Medshadow Foundation. Totally relatable and helpful, from which over the counter cold medicines may help to which suntan lotion is the safest for you and your family. The articles are written in easy to understand language with enough sophistication and sources/links to follow up. My mom suffered from Parkinson's and I gained new insight from Medshadow on her illness. Thank you MedShadow.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MedShadow has been a wonderful resource for our family as we've worked to understand the short- and long-terms effects of drugs prescribed to our granddaughter for ADHD, as well as for older relatives who appear to be suffering from over-medication. Kudos to the entire team at MedShadow for their balanced approach to providing information on how drugs work and continue to act in the body for years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have conducted marketing research on behalf of MedShadow Foundation and the results prove what an invaluable resource the website provides. Both people whose mothers took DES, and the general public find great utility in the easy-to-search information about what to expect in terms of side effects from all types of drugs.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I work with MedShadow, and I know how carefully they put their articles together. I know the level of expertise they expect from the writers/reporters and the importance placed on accuracy. The mission is to help people balance risks and benefits of medications. MedShadow isn't anti-pharma, it's pro transparency. It's an honor being associated with this important nonprofit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Now that a family member has been inundated with medicines, the importance of understanding drug interactions is close to home. MedShadow has made me insist that doctors give me details of possible interactions and potential side effects. I feel like a better advocate for my family's health.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I needed information about my son’s asthma medication, Medshadow’s website saved my sanity. I asked my pediatrician and pharmacist about the side effects, of course, but I was able to research and learn more on MedShadow- giving me peace of mind about the healthcare decisions for my son. Thanks MedShadow!

Advisor

Rating: 5

MedShadow is doing a great service by educating consumers about the risks and benefits of prescription and OTC drugs, as well as supplements. They also provide alternative ways to treat medical conditions that can minimize or eliminate the need for medications. Their articles are well researched and sourced, with comments from medical experts and patients. Best of all, they are free from medical and health industry funding, so I trust the information I get from their site. They do a lot considering they rely on individual donations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are a lot of websites out there that talk about health and wellness, but MedShadow is different from them. They focus mostly on the side effects of drugs, something that isn't discussed often enough among doctors, even though they affect many people. You can learn a lot about the benefits and risks of many commonly taken drugs, including what to look out for, allowing you to become more informed about your health. They also publish blogs which are well written and often cover topics I haven't seen anywhere else.

Donor

Rating: 5

I subscribe to MedShadow's newsletter so that every Friday I see what's new on the website. I was surprised to find out that every medicine has side effects. I knew from my friends who had dealt with cancer that sometimes the side effects are horrific and can even kill. But I hadn't realized that even "normal" drugs like Benedryl and Rolaids can be very negative for my sistem.
Thanks MedShadow for having my back!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I turn to MedShadow to find alternatives to the drugs my doctor suggests. It feels good to know that others feel like I do. I don't want to take 4-5 medicines every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have congenital hypothyroidism, a condition where my thyroid doesn't produce the hormones it needs for me to function as a healthy human being. I have to take synthroid for my condition, and because of that I'm hyperaware of what I put into my body and the effects it can have on my health. I never knew what to ask my doctor when it comes to medication and health, but now I know that it's okay to ask because of MedShadow, and that I have a right to know. MedShadow is focused on educating the public about what side effects medications and drugs might have, and for that, I'm extremely grateful. It's better to know than not to know. It's better to be aware than to be ignorant. It's better to ask questions than to not ask questions and potentially be harmed later. Thank you MedShadow for making me more confident in my right to know about what I'm putting in my body when it comes to medication, drugs, and general health.

Jerome S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an adult with ADHD and significant depression. The work being done by the amazing Team at MedShadow Foundation is not only invaluable, it is truly life-saving. They help me and so many other friends and family learn and understand so many of the truly complex and critical issues and aspects of our treatment and medications.
I have known Ms. Robotti for a very long time and her dedication, determination, expertise and empathy for those most affected by the issues her team covers is unparalleled.
Jerry Snee, Jr.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides very useful information about medications I was prescribed and helped me understand the risks associated with it.

1 Karen452

Client Served

Rating: 5

I consistently rely on Medshadow, Inc for information about prescriptions that I am researching for my elderly parents' care and for myself. I am a DES Daughter, exposed to DES in utero. Having been medically negatively impacted by this exposure, which was a "medication" prescribed and taken by my mother while she was pregnant with me, by an Army doctor; I am very skeptical about any medication and its risks vs. its benefits. Medshadow is my "Go to" to get information about medications, environmental toxins, etc. The website is up to date and full of helpful information. It helps me make decisions on whether or not a medication's risks is really worth its presumed benefits. It opens conversation between me and my healthcare providers and those of my parents. Thank you, Medshadow!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Among the many newsletters that flood my in box each week, the one that I never fail to open is MedShadow. The editors have an uncanny ability to target the issues I am thinking about (aging parents, GERD, SADD...whatever) and provide concise and balanced reviews of the latest thinking on the topic at hand. I have forwarded the newsletter on to many friends and family members, all of whom also appreciate the work that is being done.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use Med Shadow Foundation for finding the side effects of vitamins and supplements. I am confident in their reports due to the extensive research that is done on the vitamins and supplements. I'm disappointed the side effect information is not on the packages we buy. Manufactures need to be transparent in the side effects on the bottles. Thank you MedShadow Foundation for trying to keep use all safe and informed!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have taken meds for GERD for years not fully understanding what the side effects or long term effects of those meds. MedShadow has become a critical resource for me. The site is overflowing with information on the side effects of medicine, all kinds of medicine. It has literally opened my eyes and helped me to better understand how the medicines I take are affecting me on a deeper level. As a result, I'm now working toward living a healthier lifestyle and getting off of those medications.

2 kramarpie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Easy to find info. Clear and to the point. Includes medication and supplement information.
Importantly, reviews the interaction between drugs and supplements. A "GO TO" site.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Robotti and her dedicated team at MedShadow are doing some amazing and critically important work that benefits everyone.

They are delivering an objective focus on critical areas of the pharmaceutical world that NO ONE ELSE is doing. I'm sure the majority of individuals either currently take a prescription drug or have in the very recent past.

Yet, I'm even more certain that the percentage of those individuals who have made the time to EVEN TRY TO find the types of critical information that the team at MedShadow present in a clear, concise and accurate fashion is a fraction of those actually taking the medicines.

Personally, as someone with both ADHD and a diagnosis for Bi-Polar, I have significantly benefited twice within the last six months, from the specific, comprehensive and easy to understand information presented by the MedShadow Foundation.

I have no doubt that any philanthropic funds invested into their work will provide society at-large and hundreds (if not thousands) of individuals with vital the information that can make a significant, timely and permanent positive impact in their health and lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found such helpful information on probiotics - views we hadn't thought about. It was good for us to learn this because we are working with a one month old. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Medshadow is a great resource for people looking to inform themselves about the side effects of medications they are prescribed or loved ones take. The tone is approachable, but you can have faith that everything is research-backed!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello,
I found this site via a search on the internet. MedShadow proves to contain the information I need to address my concerns in a manner that is not complicated with "over the hill" medical terminology.

I love the website and feel that it is up to date and reliable. My family, friends and everyone whom I communicate with that needs information of this nature will be recommended to view MEDShadow's website.

E. L. I.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really enjoy reading the articles and blogs that MedShadow features. They have a nice way of covering various and timely meds -- I like to stay up to date on medical news, especially since several members of my family take a number of pills for a number of different ailments, and MedShadow is good about providing unbiased information.