I don’t know about the rest of you medical bloggers, but I’ve been getting emails from folks who run a website called DrugWatch.com asking for reciprocal links and promoting themselves as the go-to place for patients to get up-to-date information on medication safety.
Tucked into the website is this promise: “We will never accept advertising from the pharmaceutical industry.” Right. Because the whole site is a front for a bunch of Orlando lawyers trying to sniff out potential clients for medication-related lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry.
From their website:
DrugWatch.com is sponsored by The Peterson Firm, LLC, which is licensed by The Florida Bar to practice law in the state of Florida. The Peterson Firm, LLC’s main office is located at 2317 North Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida, 32935. If you indicate to your Patient Advocate your desire to speak with an attorney about your legal rights, he or she may recommend various law firms and recommendations may include law firms from around the country including The Peterson Firm, LLC. If you decide to retain The Peterson Firm, LLC for the handling of your legal claims, The Peterson Firm, LLC may utilize experienced co-counsel (at no additional cost) to assist in the prosecution of your claims. If a Patient Advocate-recommended law firm is retained, The Peterson Firm, LLC may co-counsel and assist with the prosecution of the claim at no additional cost to the client. The Peterson Firm, LLC handles cases on a contingency fee basis, and there are no costs or fees charged to the client unless a recovery is made.
“Big pharma” has their disease-awareness websites. Now the lawyers have their drug side effects-awareness websites. And the game goes on…
*This blog post was originally published at The Blog that Ate Manhattan*