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Privacy Notice—BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds, formerly known as the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)


Effective: January 2015


We Respect Your Privacy / Our Commitment to Privacy

The BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds respects your concern about privacy. This notice explains BeMedWise's online information practices and the choices you can make about the way information you provide us is collected and used. This notice is available on our homepage and every page throughout the site for your convenience.


BeMedWise engages in information collection from its website solely for the purpose of advancing the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication.


The Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the BeMedWise website. BeMedWise gathers two types of information:



On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and/or register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:



Individually Identifiable Information

BeMedWise is the sole owner of and the only organization that uses the information collected on this site. We do not sell, share, or rent this information to others under any circumstances. Information on individual site visitors is requested for purposes such as materials ordering, donation and membership processing, future direct mailings and information requests.


In the case of contributions, membership or material orders we will also request credit card information (card number, card type, expiration date) and will process your order via a secure server.


The Way We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.


We use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order only to ship the product and to confirm delivery. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.


We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.


You can register with our website if you would like to receive updates on our new products and services. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.


The personal information you provide is considered a company asset and may be included among transferred assets if BeMedWise, any or all of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of their assets is ever acquired by or merged into a third party.


Opt-Out / Amend / or Correct Information

You may submit a request to opt-out, amend or correct personal information maintained by BeMedWise at any time by contacting BeMedWise at (978) 281-6666.


Aggregate Information

In addition to information provided by our visitors, we anonymously track site visits using normal Internet tracking tools to help manage our system and better serve our audience. This information is used for reporting purposes only and includes information such as: total number of visits, most visited sections, peak traffic times, browser versions, search terms used, and average duration of visit. We may also share such non-identifying and aggregate information with potential sponsors / supporters. For example, we may tell a potential sponsor that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.


Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.


Changing Your Information

If at any time you wish to make changes to the personal information previously provided, we will take steps to verify your identity before making any corrections. You will be asked specific reference questions including full name, address, telephone numbers, and if applicable, credit card numbers and expiration dates.


Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.


All information entered into our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system goes through a secure channel using the high-grade ASE-128 128bit encryption scheme. Only BeMedWise administrators and BeMedWise authorized agents are permitted to access to the CRM system.


The CRM server is protected with a firewall and stored at a secure collocation site maintained by Mid-Atlantech Broadband.


Please note that online payments are accepted via PayPal, where the PayPal Privacy Policy applies.



This site contains links to other sites. BeMedWise is not responsible for privacy practices or the content of these linked Web sites.


Our Commitment to Children's Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect personal information and/or credit card information on our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.


How You Can Access or Correct Your Information

You can access all of your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by writing to BeMedWise at BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds, 50 Whittemore St., PO Box 219, Gloucester, MA 01931, or emailing your request to BeMedWise at info@bemedwise.org. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information. You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


Notification of Changes

In the event that BeMedWise makes any changes to its privacy policy, we will post a notice of such changes on our homepage and will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected. Please review BeMedWise's privacy policy from time to time to ensure that you are aware of any changes to the policy. BeMedWise reserves the right to make changes to its privacy policy, and BeMedWise is only responsible for adhering to its most recently posted privacy policy.


How to Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at (978) 281-6666 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, Eastern Time Zone or send us an email at info@bemedwise.org.