Rx411.com’s mission is to provide useful, science-based news and information about prescription and over-the-counter drugs, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare topics to consumers, and to provide resources for consumers who are seeking additional information.
Who we are
James R. Hood, Editor & Publisher A onetime Associated Press and UPI executive, Jim Hood has been a journalist and publishing entrepreneur for more than 50 years. He is the founder of Zapnews, ConsumerAffairs, FairfaxNews and other highly successful publishing ventures. He has also worked as a public affairs consultant in Washington, D.C.
Laura McKeever Laura has been a freelance medical writer for eight years. With a BSc in Medical Sciences and an MSc in Physician Assistant Studies, she complements her passion for medical news with real-life experiences. Laura’s most significant experience included writing for international pharmaceutical brands, including GSK.
Julie Kaplan, Pharm. D. Julie Kaplan is a licensed pharmacist in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from The College of William and Mary and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has experience in patient communications from working as a retail pharmacist.
Jillian Lokere Jillian Lokere is a science/medical writer who specializes in communicating complex scientific and medical ideas in a meaningful and engaging way. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical science from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Stanford University. In addition, Jillian conducted two years of doctoral-level research in the Department of Genetics as part of Harvard’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. She has more than 13 years of experience in writing about the life sciences and medicine.
Truman Lewis Truman has been a bureau chief, editor and correspondent in D.C., Los Angeles, Phoenix and elsewhere, reporting for radio, television, print and news services, for more than 30 years. Most recently, he has reported extensively on health and consumer issues for ConsumerAffairs.com and FairfaxNews.com.
Joan E. Lisante, J.D. A graduate of New York Law School and Le Moyne College, Joan is an attorney who writes frequently about consumer issues. She is the author of ConsumerAffairs.com’s Guide to Small Claims Court and has been published in The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, Entrepreneur, and the American Bar Association Journal. She is a former New York City Assistant District Attorney.
Jon Hood, J.D. A graduate of Pace University Law School, Jon is a New York City lawyer who works with start-ups, helping them grow and develop while burnishing and protecting their intellectual property. He lives in Jersey City, N.J.
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