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about Drugs.com web site

Drugs.com is an online pharmaceutical encyclopedia which provides drug information for consumers and healthcare professionals, primarily in the USA.


The Drugs.com website is owned and operated by the Drugsite Trust. The Drugsite Trust is a privately-held Trust administered by two New Zealand pharmacists, Karen Ann and Phillip James Thornton.[1]

The site contains a library of reference information which includes content from Cerner Multum, Micromedex from Truven Health Analytics, Wolters Kluwer Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), A.D.A.M., Stedmans, AHFS, Harvard Health Publications, Mayoclinic, North American Compendiums, and Healthday.[2]

Drugs.com is certified by the TRUSTe online privacy certification program[3] and the HONcode of Health on the Net Foundation.[4]

The Drugs.com website was officially launched in September 2001.[9]

In March 2008, Drugs.com announced the release of Mednotes[10]—an online personal medication record application which connected to Google Health (On June 24, 2011 Google announced it was retiring Google Health in January 1, 2012).[11]

In May 2010, U.S. FDA announced a collaboration with Drugs.com to distribute consumer health updates on the Drugs.com website and mobile platform.[12]

In February 2016, comScore stated that Drugs.com was the sixth most popular health network receiving approximately 23 million visitors for the month, while Searchmetrics listed Drugs.com in the top 100 US websites for search visibility.[13]

In April 2017, The Harris Poll listed Drugs.com as the Health Information Website Brand of the Year.[14]