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The Bourbon Friday Show with Melanie Igwe from Drugviu

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Melanie Igwe, Founder and COO of Drugviu.

Bourbon Friday Show – Melanie Igwe // Drugviu

Today, the Bourbon Friday Show welcomes back Melanie Igwe to talk about the launch of a new venture Drugviu.Tune in at 4:30pm every Friday to learn about a new STL startup or business resource!

Posted by Bourbon Friday on Friday, 8 March 2019

Drugviu—Empowerment for Your Health

When taking a new medication, it’s important to know how it may affect you and what side effects it has. For many, the internet is the first place to look—but what if there isn’t any information regarding how that medication will affect someone of your race, age, or interact with other medicines you take.

In fact, only 6 percent of drug trials include people of color. What’s even more concerning is that for conditions more often experienced by communities of color, there is even less information.

“Drugviu is a site that crowdsources medication, reviews, and experiences from communities of color,” says Igwe “we have people fill out reviews and from there communities of color or people in those different demographics are able to view that information to have a better understanding of side effects for them.”

The site recently finished the beta phase and from that they garnered over 2,000 reviews and got great feedback from users, and they hope this pattern continues. Drugviu is accessible on both desktop and mobile platforms.

“We’re just really trying to push people to go on, share their medication experiences so we can start controlling the way we look at and maintain our health”

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To do that, Drugviu consults with physicians and healthcare providers to make sure the data provided is accurate, anonymizes data entered by users to protect security, and have even partnered with a large discount prescription provider to offer discounts on medications.

To get more information about Drugviu or to submit a review, go to

Bourbon Innovation

As always, the Bourbon Friday team does their best to choose a fitting drink for the occasion.

The bottle this week was Old Grand-Dad 114. This bourbon brand made a name for itself during the Prohibition in America, as doctors would prescribe it for a variety of ailments such as: high blood pressure, tuberculosis, and cancer. Old Grand-Dad was a particularly favorite due to its high alcohol content.

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Megan McDonnell is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Tenacity, an open source web development agency based in St. Louis. Originally from Kansas City, Megan graduated from St. Louis University in May 2017 with degrees in Communication, Marketing, Spanish, and Graphic Design. Besides managing all marketing and communication efforts for Tenacity, she also covers the Bourbon Friday Show hosted weekly by EQ, Tenacity, and Connect Marketing.