Industry Healthcare
Founded September 2001
Website Drugs.com

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


The domain Drugs.com was originally registered by Bonnie Neubeck in 1994.[1] In 1999 at the height of the dotcom boom, Eric MacIver purchased an option to buy the domain from Neubeck.[2] 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.[3] Venture Frogs sold the drugs.com domain name to a private investor in June 2001, allowing Hsieh & Lin to focus on Zappos.com.[4]

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[5], Karen Ann and Phillip James Thornton[6]


The Drugs.com website was officially launched in September 2001.[7] 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, & Healthday.[8]

In March 2008, Drugs.com announced the release of Mednotes [9]—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[10]).

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.[11]

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.[12]

Drugs.com is certified by the TRUSTe online privacy certification program[13] and the HONcode Health on the Net Foundation.[14]


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

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