Wikipedia:WikiProject Pharmacology

Welcome to WikiProject Pharmacology. A WikiProject is a group of editors who work together to improve articles that interest them. This independent WikiProject coordinates the development of Wikipedia articles and lists relating to the pharmacology and science of medications and other pharmacology-related topics.


  • Expand all stubs under the scope of WikiProject Pharmacology, and remove inconsistencies in related articles.
  • Categorize all articles within the scope of the project.
  • Tag all articles by inserting {{WikiProject Pharmacology|class= |importance= }} on every pharmacology-related article's talk page, and assess the articles' quality and importance.
  • Create and maintain navigational boxes for major drug groups and subgroups of drugs. (The major drug navbox contains all groups, and specific groups' navboxes contain links to actual articles of specific drugs.)

How to helpEdit

Looking for something to do?

Create articlesEdit

  • Missing drugs can be found by looking for red links on the alphabetical listings of List of drugs, for example: List of drugs: Df-Di
  • Search Wikipedia to see if an article exists under a different name for the same drug. If so, make a redirect. If not, make a stub following the below steps.
  • Start with a defining sentence, putting the name of the drug in bold.
  • Put {{pharma-stub}} at the bottom of the article.
  • After creating, don't forget to start the article's talk page with {{WikiProject Pharmacology|class= |importance= }}.
  • Consider adding a structural diagram.

Improve articlesEdit

There are several ways to find articles of interest:

Ideas for specific improvements:

  • Add information to the infoboxes in drug articles.
  • Add {{Infobox receptor}} to the body of articles on GPCRs and other receptor proteins ({{Infobox gene}} should remain in the leads of these articles)
  • Add references. Correct and reliable references are vital if the articles produced by this project are to be verifiable sources of information for our readers. Just submit the PubMed ID and copy and paste the resulting output (xxxx) into the page between <ref> xxxxx </ref> Alternatively, if you use Internet Explorer or Firefox (2.0+), then Wouterstomp's bookmarklet can automate this step from the PubMed abstract page.
  • Fight against vandalism. Also, be suspicious about deletions or mitigations of well-sourced adverse effects, as it has been shown that they are targets of drug company representatives.[1]

Need help creating structural diagrams? See Wikipedia:WikiProject Pharmacology/Structural diagrams. Also see the Wikipedia Manual of Style on Chemical Structure Diagrams.

Categorize articlesEdit

Direct our focusEdit

  • Join in discussing proposals, so that we can take our ideas off the drawing board and put them into action. Go there, choose a proposal, read it and add your two cents!

Work on project pagesEdit

  • Help to develop the Drugbox and drug navigational templates. Drug information boxes can be included in each Wikipedia article about a particular drug. This crosscheck page lists WP:Pharmacology articles without Drugbox, and inverse.
  • Assist in public relations and outreach by recruiting editors interested in pharmacology to contribute to Wikipedia.


Infoboxes have been created for a number of article types including:

ATC code navbox templates are listed by ATC code at List of ATC navboxes



Featured contentEdit

Featured articles and featured lists (indicated by  ) are considered to be Wikipedia's very best work; they must pass through a review process as featured article candidates and featured list candidates before being promoted to featured status. Articles and lists in bold indicate that the page has been featured on the Main Page as "Today's featured article" or "Today's featured list" on the date noted.

Featured articles
Featured article Main page date
  Acetic acid December 2, 2005
  Antioxidant June 22, 2007
  Bupropion December 21, 2007
  Management of multiple sclerosis January 25, 2008
  Eli Lilly May 11, 2009
  Zinc August 21, 2009
  Linezolid September 14, 2009
  Water fluoridation October 12, 2009
  Icos March 13, 2010
  Metabolism September 5, 2011
  Psilocybin February 29, 2012
  Folding@home November 1, 2012
  Amphetamine April 3, 2015
  Serpin April 2, 2016
  beta-Hydroxy beta-methylbutyric acid May 28, 2018
Featured lists
Featured list Main page date
  WHO Model List of Essential Medicines June 5, 2017

Good articlesEdit

Good article GA promotion date
  Frances Oldham Kelsey May 19, 2006
  Metformin January 14, 2007
  Percy Lavon Julian February 18, 2007
  Doxorubicin May 10, 2007
  Clindamycin December 15, 2007
  Benzylpiperazine January 1, 2008
  Receptor antagonist January 16, 2008
  History of aspirin April 9, 2008
  Aspirin May 30, 2008
  Paracetamol poisoning December 19, 2008
  Warfarin January 21, 2009
  Serotonin syndrome February 13, 2009
  Alprazolam March 14, 2009
  Benzodiazepine June 24, 2009
Good article GA promotion date
  Selective glucocorticoid receptor agonist April 1, 2010
  Midazolam April 2, 2010
  Mephedrone September 27, 2010
  Nomenclature of monoclonal antibodies February 21, 2011
  Methoxyflurane June 16, 2011
  Methamphetamine January 27, 2014
  Adderall December 3, 2014
  Norepinephrine February 7, 2016
  Dopamine March 15, 2016
  Collaborative practice agreement November 7, 2017
  Vitamin C November 27, 2017
  Rabeprazole December 14, 2017

Current eventsEdit

Categories for discussion

Good article nominees

Peer reviews

Articles to be merged

Articles to be split

Articles for creation

Related WikiProjectsEdit


Writing good medical articles can be hard work! Why not reward someone you've seen do some good work in the area? Any editor may present these awards to any person as a reward for and public recognition of good work.

Look in the list of barnstars and personal user awards at the right, or decorate their user talk page with one of these medicine-specific barnstars:

{{subst:The Pharmacology Barnstar|message ~~~~|alt}} The Pharmacology Barnstar from Wikipedia:Barnstars 2.0/Awards by WikiProject
{{subst:The EMC² Barnstar|message ~~~~|alt}} The EMC² Barnstar for work explaining the science behind pharmacology & medicine. From Wikipedia:Barnstars 2.0/Awards by WikiProject
{{subst:The Medic Barnstar|message ~~~~|alt}} The Medic Barnstar from Wikipedia:Barnstars 2.0/Awards by WikiProject
  {{subst:The Medicine Barnstar|message ~~~~|alt}} The Medicine Barnstar may be awarded to Wikipedians who exhibit exceptional effort and dedication to articles related to Medicine or WikiProject Medicine. The barnstar design was created by Eustress on April 17, 2008.
  [[File:Encephalon Cross.svg|frame|center|'''The Encephalon Cross''' message ~~~~]] The Encephalon Cross For commendable contributions to medical articles. Introduced and designed by Encephalon.
  [[File:Star_of_life.svg|135px|frame|center|'''The Star of Life''' message ~~~~]] Star of Life For commendable contributions to medical articles. Introduced by White Cat and designed by Leo R. Schwartz in 1973.


Here is a list of WikiProject Pharmacology members, together with some of their interests. To join the group simply add yourself to the list, being sure to maintain alphabetical order.

Project watchlistEdit

Recent changes in
List overview · Updated: 2016-12-03 · This box:
  • Levomefolic acid recently added to project, was being only maintained by WP Chem, is also a medication, does not meet manual of style, has proposed name change to L-methylfolate, also Wikipedia articles needing clarification (October 2011), Articles with unsourced statements (December 2011, May 2010), Vague or ambiguous time (October 2011)


  1. ^ Clauson, K. A.; Polen, H. H.; Boulos, M. N. K.; Dzenowagis, J. H. (2008). "Scope, Completeness, and Accuracy of Drug Information in Wikipedia". Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 42 (12): 1814–21. doi:10.1345/aph.1L474. PMID 19017825.