Making drug facts boxes available to the public through a self-sustaining business model to fund production, Phase 1

This grant provides support for investigators, aided by a strategic consulting group, in researching and developing plans and determining the strategic alliances necessary to create a sustainable model for development and dissemination of drug facts boxes. The simple one-page summaries of drug benefits and harms were developed to provide an easy way for consumers, patients, physicians and other health professionals to find independent information about the benefits, harms and uncertainties of prescription drugs. Although the Affordable Care Act mandated development of drug facts boxes, Health and Human Services has declared that it needed at least three years before it could decide about starting to create these boxes. Even if and when this occurs, plans to create boxes for already approved drugs or to compare drugs in the same class are not included. The purpose of this project is to develop a short list of possible business models, create some additional representative boxes, develop a method to produce them, create a framework for development of business plans, and meet with potential partners to gain their commitment for partnerships in development and/or funding.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $199,800.00

Awarded on: 10/19/2011

Time frame: 11/1/2011 - 4/30/2013

Grant Number: 69521


Dartmouth College

207 Parkhurst Hall
Hanover, 03755-3575


Lisa Miriam Schwartz
Project Director


Steven E. Woloshin
Project Director