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FoundedSeptember 2001; 19 years ago (2001-09)

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


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, Truven Health Analytics, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), AHFS, Harvard Health Publications, Mayoclinic, Animalytix, 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 domain Drugs.com was originally registered by Bonnie Neubeck in 1994.[5] In 1999 at the height of the dotcom boom, Eric MacIver purchased an option to buy the domain from Neubeck.[6] In August 1999, MacIver sold the domain at auction for US$823,666 to Venture Frogs, a startup incubator run by Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, best known for their involvement in LinkExchange and later Zappos.com.[7] Venture Frogs sold the drugs.com domain name to a private investor in June 2001, allowing Hsieh & Lin to focus on Zappos.com.[8]

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 on 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]


  1. ^ "About Drugs.com". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Editorial Policy". Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Drugs.com Truste Privacy Certification". TRUSTe. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Drugs.com HONcode Certificate of Compliance". HONcode. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "A Prescription for Riches?". Wired.com. November 21, 1999. Archived from the original on July 1, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  6. ^ "The best domain names in the world... ever!". Internet Magazine. November 1, 1999. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  7. ^ "Drugs.com Fetches Nearly a Mil". Wired.com. August 9, 1999. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  8. ^ "Drugs.com Kicks Domain Habit". Wired.com. June 1, 2001. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Archived from the original on October 5, 2001. Retrieved July 2, 2010. Cite uses generic title (help)
  10. ^ "Drugs.com Unveils the Next Generation Medication Safety Tool to Help Consumers Avoid Dangerous Drug Interactions". Reuters. November 24, 2008. Archived from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Drugs.com Furthers Reach of FDA Consumer Health Information". Food and Drug Administration. May 26, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "Search Metrics top 100 sites for United States". Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  14. ^ "2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Rankings". Retrieved April 19, 2017.

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