PRIVACY POLICY

Last updated: July 17, 2015

Thank you for your interest in Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc. Meda invites you to explore our websites and learn more about us and our products. As you do so, please know that Meda respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the personal information that you share with us. This Privacy Policy summarizes our standards for collecting, using, storing and sharing the personal information that we, or companies that work with us, obtain from our websites.

Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the United States subsidiary of Meda AB, a global specialty pharmaceutical company based in Sweden. This Privacy Policy applies only to Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc., and to Meda owned websites, and the data collected within those websites, specifically identified as intended for use only by residents of the United States and its territories that link to this policy.

Meda’s Privacy Policy does not apply to third–party online resources, even if our website offers courtesy links to them. Meda does not control the content or the privacy practices of third–party resources. Read the Privacy Policy of any website or other online resource that you visit to ensure that you understand and agree with it. (That applies to our Privacy Policy too – we want you to read it carefully). If you have questions about our policy, or how Meda protects the privacy of your personal information, you may contact us a privacy@meda.us.

Meda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reserves the right to update or change this Privacy Policy.

The term "personal information" is used to describe information that can be readily used to identify a specific living person. Examples of personal information that could potentially be collected within a Meda website include an individual’s name, an individual’s street address or an individual’s email address. Information that relates to an individual, but could not be used to identify a specific individual, is not considered “personal information”. For example, the state of residence alone would not be considered personal information, but if this were to be combined with an individual’s street address, this would be considered “personal information” as it could be used to identify a specific individual.

De–identified information is information that has been stripped of features that would permit the identification of the underlying individual. When de–identified information about multiple people is put together, it is referred to as "aggregated" and de–identified information. Meda reserves the right to choose to aggregate personal information obtained from individuals through a variety of different channels. Any data aggregation of personal information will be done in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy and any additional privacy notifications provided.

Meda collects personal information to improve your experience as a user of Meda’s websites. Collected personal information enables Meda to provide topics of interest that are more relevant to you as a user. In addition, information collected via Meda websites can provide mechanisms to assist with the improvement of Meda products and services as well as help better design features and better identify resources that users would like to see Meda offer.

Meda collects personal information online through websites and other sponsored resources. At times, we will work with other companies that collect personal information at our request. When Meda works with a third party company, the work is regulated by an agreement that, among other things, requires the third party company to properly protect the personal information it collects for us.

There are an assortment of tools that Meda may employ to collect personal information, including, but not limited to:

Direct Collection. This is collecting personal information from you by requesting that you complete an online form or participate in an interactive survey or display. Contact details, such as your name, street address, email address, telephone number, birth date, etc. are often collected directly. So is health status, so that Meda can provide you with information that is more likely to be relevant.

"Cookies". At times Meda, and at times advertisers on our websites, will employ the use of cookies. A "cookie" is a data file that a website may place on your computer’s hard drive. In general, cookies are used to simplify and improve your communication and interaction with a website. A website sponsor's ability to use a cookie to retrieve information from your computer can help customize the presentation of products and services, or help the website sponsor enhance their services to you. Some cookies are temporary and erased when you leave the Internet or shut down; others stay on your computer unless or until they are removed. If you do not wish to receive cookies from Meda websites, you can adjust your Web browser’s preferences on your computer. Please be aware that you can still visit our websites if you refuse cookies; but you may find that some of the features do not work, or do not work as well. Meda does not use cookies to retrieve information from your computer unless the information is related to our website or your interaction with our website.

Meda may use Google Analytics, a third party provider of analytics tools or a similar third party service to analyze information about visits to our website. For information about opting out of Google Analytics, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Some Internet browsers offer what often is referred to as "do not track" mechanisms for browser users to automatically signal privacy preferences to websites that they visit. Internet browsers have only begun to include these features relatively recently. Our website(s) do not currently respond to do-not-track-signals. We may revisit the issue in the future. In the meantime, however, you can exercise other choices available, including limiting the placement of browser cookies on your device using your browser's cookie control features and other choices described in this Policy.

Web pixels. These are tiny graphics similar to cookies. Web pixels collect information that cannot be used to identify you personally such as the addresses of websites you view, the website that you viewed immediately prior to visiting our website, or the address of the website where the link used to reach our website was accessed. In addition, web pixels can be used to monitor whether email communications have been opened.

In general, Meda websites are not directed at children and most of the online services offered by Meda are designed for adults, age 18 or older.

Where available, you may update personal information by modifying information that was previously entered into either a Web form or data fields located within a Meda website. If you wish to access personal information collected by Meda, you may contact privacy@meda.us for purposes of ensuring accuracy or completeness of personal information. Please be aware that you may not always be able to access the information that has been collected. For instance, your ability to access and correct personal information will be limited where we believe it would interfere with our ability to fulfill legal or ethical obligations or to address legal claims. Access and correction of personal information will not be allowed if it would result in disclosure of a third party's personal information, or lead to a breach of contract or disclosure of trade secrets or other protected business information.

Meda strives to protect personal information as it is transmitted from your computer to our websites. Due to the open nature of the Internet, Meda cannot guarantee that our interactions with you, or your interactions with Meda, will be free from unauthorized access by third parties. Meda protects our servers and data with a firewall and endeavors to protect personal information within our possession, custody, or control from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Employees and business partners with access to your personal information must have a business–related "need to know" in order to perform their job functions for Meda. However, Meda also depends upon you to help secure information by protecting your own copies of passwords and related access codes for our websites.

Personal information is accessible to Meda, including its subsidiaries, divisions and groups worldwide, and to individuals and organizations that use personal information solely for, and at the direction of, Meda. Uses and disclosures of personal information by external individuals and organizations acting on Meda's behalf are governed by agreements that require personal information to be protected appropriately. Personal information about you only will be used and disclosed by Meda and individuals and organizations working on its behalf, in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy, other applicable privacy notices, and as explicitly permitted or required by applicable laws, rules and regulations.

In general, Meda does not sell or barter your personal information to third parties. However, if Meda decides to reorganize or divest its business through sale, merger or acquisition, it is possible that personal information will be shared with actual or prospective buyers. If that happens, Meda will obtain a written agreement that personal information will be properly protected. Except where explicitly permitted, required by law, or provided in this Privacy Policy, personal information will not otherwise be shared without your consent.

You will have some choices about whether and/or when to share personal information with Meda. In cases where you are affirmatively requested to provide information, such as to complete a form, a survey, or application on a Meda website, you may decline to do so. Please understand, however, that in some cases certain information is required to complete an application, form, or survey, and if you decline to provide the information requested, you may not be able to use certain functionalities of our websites.

In addition, you may be given additional choices in the context of particular preferences tools or functions that are made available through Meda’s websites or opportunities to opt-out of future email or other communications using the opt-out choices offered within those communications.

More Important Safety Information

  • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting cancer of the uterus (womb). Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are using ELESTRIN. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause.
    • Do not use estrogen-alone to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, or dementia (decline in brain function)
    • Usinig estrogen-alone may increase your chances of getting strokes or blood clots
    • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women age 65 years or older
    • Do not use estrogens with progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia
    • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots
    • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women age 65 years or older
    • You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with ELESTRIN

Do not start using ELESTRIN if you:

  • Have unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Currently have or have had certain cancers
    Estrogens may increase the chance of getting certain types of cancers, including cancer of the breast or uterus. If you have or have had cancer, talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should use ELESTRIN.
  • Had a stroke or heart attack
  • Currently have or have had blood clots
  • Currently have or have had liver problems
  • Have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder
  • Are allergic to ELESTRIN or any of its ingredients
    Elestrin contains the Active ingredient, estradiol, an estrogen hormone. The Inactive ingredients in Elestrin are listed in the FDA-Approved Patient Labeling.
  • Think you may be pregnant

Tell your healthcare provider:

  • If you have any unusual vaginal bbleeding
    Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause.
  • About all of your medical problems
    Your healthcare provider may need to check you more carefully if you have certain conditions, such as asthma (wheezing), epilepsy (seizures), diabetes, migraine, endometriosis, lupus, or problems with your heart, liver, thyroid, kidneys, or have high calcium levels in your blood.
  • About all the medicines you take
    This includes prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
    Some medicines may affect how ELESTRIN works. ELESTRIN may also affect how your other medicines work.
  • If you are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest
    You may need to stop using ELESTRIN
  • If you are breastfeeding
    The hormone in ELESTRIN can pass into your breast milk.

What are the possible side effects of ELESTRIN?
Side effects are grouped by how serious they are and how often they happen when you are treated.
Serious, but less common side effects include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Dementia
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer of the lining of the uterus (womb)
  • Cancer of the ovary
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver problems
  • Enlargement of benign tumors of the uterus ("fibroids")

Call your healthare provider right away if you get any of the following warning signs or any other unusual symptoms that concern you:

  • New breast lumps
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Changes in vision or speech
  • Sudden new severe headaches
  • Severe pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue

Less serious, but common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Breast pain
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Stomach or abdominal cramps, bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Fluid retention
  • Vaginal yeast infection

Important things to remeber when using ELESTRIN

Wash your hands with soap and water after applying the gel to reduce the chance that the medicine will be spread from your hands to other people.

Do not allow others to come in contact with the area of skin where you applied the gel for at least two hours after you apply ELESTRIN.

Never apply ELESTRIN to the breast. Never apply ELESTRIN in or around the vagina.

Do not allow others to apply gel for you.

Avoid fire, flame or smoking until the gel has dried. ELESTRIN contains alcohol. Alcohol based gels are flammable.

It is important that you read and follow the detailed "Patient Instructions for USE" on how to use the ELESTRIN pump and apply the dose.

These are not all the possible side effects of ELESTRIN. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Meda Pharmaceuticals at 1-800-890-3098 or to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Approved Uses

ELESTRIN (estradiol gel) is used after menopause to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes.

For additional information, please see Full Prescribing Information including BOXED WARNING for Elestrin.