Type Private
Industry Healthcare
Founded September 2001
Website http://www.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 Aug 1999, MacIver sold the domain at auction for US$823,456 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. The Drugs.com website is hosted in a data center located in Virginia, USA.

   Contact address:
   Drugsite Trust
   25 Apollo Drive, Suite A
   North Shore
   Auckland 0632
   New Zealand


The Drugs.com website was officially launched in September 2001 [5]. The site contains a library of reference information which includes content from Cerner Multum, Micromedex from Thomson Reuters, Wolters Kluwer Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Physicians' Desk Reference, A.D.A.M., Stedmans, AHFS, Harvard Health Publications, North American Compendiums, PharmaLive, & Healthday [6].

In March 2008, Drugs.com announced the release of Mednotes [7] - an online personal medication record application which connected to Google Health (On June 24, 2011 Google announced it is retiring Google Health in January 1, 2012[8]).

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 [9].


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