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Surely many of you know Yuka, theapplication which allows, by scanning the barcode of a food, to know if this one is harmful or not for health.
It is now possible to do the same with medications. An idea that germinated in the minds of doctors from Synapse Medicine, a Bordeaux company created in 2017 that seeks to prevent drug risks by promoting the proper use of each drug with patients and professionals. The Goodmed app was released in April 2022. The first of its kind.
“The objective is to enable everyone to have a reliable and personalized information on the drug”, explains Louis Létinier, medical director and co-founder of the application.
Prevention and support
Initially, Goodmed aimed to meet an essential need according to its co-founder: to fill a technological gap on a major public health issue. “According to a recent study, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in France each year because of adverse drug reactions. »
The objective is not for the patient to manage himself but rather to give him information and to put him in touch with health professionals by warning him that such a drug can be dangerous for him. , especially for those without a prescription.
For this, the application is based both on the knowledge of doctors and pharmacists of Synapse Medicine, but also on documents from official sources such as the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM).
“The goal is to make it very simple”
After downloading the application, the user is prompted to enter his personal informations such as name, age, medical backgroundallergies, treatments, or the presence or absence of heart disease.
While reading a drug leaflet can sometimes be long and incomprehensible, Goodmed simplifies it with a color code : by taking a photo from the application of a medicine box, the red or green color appears to indicate whether taking the treatment in question is dangerous or not.
The interest is to personalize the information: for example, we will tell a pregnant woman that she cannot take ibuprofen because it is very dangerous for a fetus.
For each drug, the application also offers to view the complete instructions as well as advice on its use, the precautions to be taken, reimbursement or adverse effects.
Available on iOS and Androidthe Bordeaux application is free but a paid version is available allowing, like Netflix, to group the profiles of several users on the same account. Goodmed works with all drugs marketed in France and has approximately 30,000 users throughout France.
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