What is DrugStars?
Basically, DrugStars is an app that reminds you to take your medicine and awards you with stars that you can donate to health charities. But we’re so much more than that:
DrugStars hopes to become the largest patient movement in the world. A movement of patients who give to others just by taking their medicine as prescribed. And most importantly, a movement of patients who share their experiences and perspectives with regard to their medicines, so that this knowledge can be used to improve treatments. The ambition is to make you proud of taking your medicine the right way – to make you a real DrugStar.
Is DrugStars a health charity?
No, DrugStars has no political agenda and does not focus on specific diseases. Instead, we collaborate with health charities. See which health charities you can find in the app by visiting Health Charities.
How does DrugStars work?
It’s very simple to use DrugStars:
You download the app and register your medicine, vitamins, supplements etc. By taking your medicine as prescribed by your doctor, you will be awarded stars. You can also earn stars by reviewing your medicine or by referring other people to join DrugStars.
When you have earned 50 stars, you can donate them to one of the health charities in the app. DrugStars turns the ‘stars’ into real money and donates them to the health charities every 6 months. See some of the great memories in Donations.
How many stars can I collect?
You receive one star per dose, and you can collect as many as you like depending on your prescriptions and the number of over-the-counter products you use.
Reviews and participation in surveys count too, as does verification of your medications by taking a photo of your medicine. You can easily earn 1000 stars per year.
After gaining 150 stars, you become a bronze member, after 250 stars, a silver member, and, after 500 stars, a gold member.
Stars not collected within seven days expire automatically. Stars collected and made available for you to donate may expire six months after being accrued.
What else can I get?
By making a donation of 50 stars to a health charity, you will receive one lottery ticket for the monthly lottery. The winner will be drawn automatically every month and will be contacted personally, and you participate automatically.
How much is a star worth?
One star represents 1 cent. It doesn’t sound a lot, but remember that an average patient takes about 1,000 doses of medicine per year. And imagine that 1,000,000 other patients do the same, then each star is worth a lot to health charities and future patients.
Stars are digital items only, and, regardless of the terminology used, have no cash value and may never be redeemed for “real-world” money for personal use. During the donation process, your stars will be converted by us to real-world money that the health charities receive via bank transfer.
How are the stars converted to money?
DrugStars converts the stars into money. To cover the donations, we will be selling our anonymized and aggregated data from medicine verifications to companies who want to understand patients’ experience in order to improve their products. But remember, DrugStars is for the users, and we will stay that way. Therefore, we will never be giving out any personal information about our users.
Can 3 party companies get in contact with me?
No. We would never give away any personal information about you to anyone. The only data that companies can buy access to, is anonymized and aggregated.
Can I skip social media posting?
Yes. In that case, the donation is made anonymously. But why not be proud of your contribution, and make others follow your example?
Why do I need to take a picture of my medicine?
This is just for verification; it ensures that your reviews are real. It is important that information used for future medical research and development is valid and that patient reviews are genuine.
Will my data be used for commercial purposes?
Data from reviews (patient experiences with products) will be sold in anonymized and aggregated form to companies who want to understand patients’ experience in order to improve their products. The information will never lead back to you, but will instead be crucial in the development of future medicine. Remember, DrugStars is for the users, and we will stay that way.
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