Privacy Policy

AskaPatient.com protects the patient's right to privacy. We recognize the benefits of providing health care consumers an anonymous way to share and compare their medication experiences with other patients. Unlike many other web sites, we do not require registration to use any portion of this site, and we do not require users to divulge their email address or any other personally identifying information.  Patients who post their email address along with their comments in the rate-your-medicine database do so at their own discretion. Browser cookies must be turned on to contribute ratings. Postings are monitored for spam, duplicates, and offensive postings. Please report spam so that it may be removed. Please also review our terms of use. You may choose to share your email address when you post a review so that you may communicate with other patients who may visit the site.  Those communications, which are by private email, are not archived, saved, or monitored by AskaPatient.

"Cookies" are used in certain parts of this web site.  They are small pieces of information that a website attaches to your browser when you visit that website. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until deleted).  For polls, for example, we may use cookies to help ensure that an individual can't vote more than once on a particular question or issue, or email the same person (patient) in our forum multiple times during a day. Cookies can be removed by following your Internet browser's directions within the help tab. In order to use certain parts of the site, your web browser must accept cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, some aspects of the site may not work properly.

An "Internet protocol address" or "IP Address" is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet by your internet service provider. We  may track your IP Address when you access the site as part of our site analytics and usage data. Also, to combat automated bots from unauthorized scraping of content, javascript must be enabled and javascript trackers may monitor use that may signal bot scraping instead of regular consumer use. If you receive a "blocked" or "captcha" page, please email us or use the "contact us" form and we will try to assist. Our bot-blocking service may also use computer "fingerprinting" technologies through javascript on the page.

We also provide you the opportunity to provide your email address so that you may receive our newsletter and other announcements from AskaPatient (see section below on newsletters).

Third Party Advertising

We may use advertising service vendors to help present advertisements on portions of the website, one of which is GourmetAds.com. Some of our advertisers occasionally serve you cookies and technology called "beacons" as well.  These vendors may collect non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, Web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these advertising service vendors is subject to their own privacy policies. Third party advertising vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on users' site visits.  Google's use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads based on their visit to this and other sites on the Internet. Users may read more about Google's advertising policies here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads To turn off Google's personalized advertising, go to the Google Ads Settings page. For information about opting out of Gourmet Ads and ad serving partners please visit https://www.gourmetads.com/about/privacy-policy

You can check to see if your browser is blocking cookies (both at the site and third party cookies) at this web site: https://optout.aboutads.info/?c=2#!/ And also check your browser's privacy settings.

Also, you can opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page at http://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1#!/

Opting out does not usually mean that your information is not being collected or tracked, it just means that interest-based advertising (tailored for you from information that is gleaned from your electronic media use across various devices) may not be presented on your browser. One tool that might be helpful for blocking third party site tracking is Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Privacy Badger" that works with your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera) to give you information about tracking behaviors present on various sites you visit.

Social Media Sharing

The home page of this site currently uses the "Addthis" widget so that you may easily share AskaPatient site on social media.  That company has its own privacy and data practices policy at https://www.addthis.com/privacy.

Newsletter Privacy

The AskaPatient Weekly Health Newsletter is strictly opt-in, through sign-up forms on the site. We don't use the email list for any purpose other than to send you the weekly newsletter, and you may unsubscribe at any time using the link in the email or by contacting us using the contact form on our web site.  We might occasionally have a sponsorship of the newsletter itself, which will always be disclosed within the newsletter. Unlike many other email newsletter publishers, we do not use your email address to do "remarketing" campaigns to you or use your email address to link it to your social media preferences, consumer profile, or personal address information (such as to send post cards).

Drug Reviews

We do remove postings upon request. If you would like us to remove your review (post) or remove the ability to let other patients contact you (if you have signed up for that option), please email us or contact us so that we can remove the information.

Why don't we offer Facebook or other "OpenID" logins as a logon option?

We don't offer log-on through the Facebook identification system or other "OpenID Login" systems for privacy reasons.  Once you sign into a web site through Facebook, your searches and page views and form usage are linked to your Facebook account and affiliates.  Most users of health care web sites want to keep their health care searches and postings confidential, so AskaPatient does not offer this as an option.  At this time, we are not offering new password signups, but will be in the future.

Ask a Patient may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.
last update 7/23/2020