Open main menu is an online pharmaceutical encyclopedia which provides drug information for consumers and healthcare professionals, primarily in the USA.
FoundedSeptember 2001; 17 years ago (2001-09)



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


The domain 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[7] Venture Frogs sold the domain name to a private investor in June 2001, allowing Hsieh & Lin to focus on[8]

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

In March 2008, 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 to distribute consumer health updates on the website and mobile platform.[12]

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

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


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Editorial Policy". Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  3. ^ " Truste Privacy Certification". TRUSTe. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ " HONcode Certificate of Compliance". HONcode. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "A Prescription for Riches?". 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. ^ " Fetches Nearly a Mil". August 9, 1999. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  8. ^ " Kicks Domain Habit". June 1, 2001. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Archived from the original on October 5, 2001. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  10. ^ " Unveils the Next Generation Medication Safety Tool to Help Consumers Avoid Dangerous Drug Interactions". Reuters. November 24, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  12. ^ " 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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