Highly Recommended

Drugs.com

Drugs.com has easily accessible and detailed information about every aspect of over 24,000 prescription and OTC drugs. There are also many important tools, such as a pill identifier, and details about many of the diseases and conditions treated. This site is highly recommended as a high quality, go-to source of drug information for patients that will help them to better manage their own healthcare and to improve overall consumer safety.

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Review Date: 11/8/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

Very easy to navigate if looking for basic information on a specific medication. Locating other information is more complicated, as waivers are required to check drug interaction and pill identification.

Visual Design

The homepage is chaotic, with multiple sidebars, dozens of links, and too many choices. There's also many distracting pop-up advertisements and relatively few images across the site.

Quality

For detailed and current information on a comprehensive list of drugs, including effects, side effects, dosing, drug safety, and patient experiences, few resources are as high-quality as Drugs.com. Excellent clinical and consumer coverage of virtually every prescription and OTC medicine in circulation today along with information about many of the conditions they treat. The information is backed by the Food and Drug Administration and three highly reputable clinical information providers, Cerner Multum, Wolters Kluwer Health, and Micromedex.

Credibility

Dates of review and revision are all recent and included on every page, along with the last reviewer. A highly qualified editorial board oversees all content, allowing the user to know that they are reading the most reliable information available about every aspect of the medications they are taking.

Pros

  1. A-Z drug index includes over 24,000 prescription and OTC drugs
  2. A-Z index of many of the diseases and conditions these drugs are used to treat
  3. Drug profiles include clinical information for providers, as well as user reviews to add a personal touch
  4. Enormous amount of detailed and well-researched information about virtually any drug/medication
  5. Clear navigation between the site's many different areas

Cons

  1. Cluttered homepage lacks a professional look
  2. Except for the homepage, there are many advertisements present across the website
  3. Non-identifiable information about the visit to this sites is used to provide personalized advertisements about goods and services

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The Drugsite Trust, a privately-held trust administered by two New Zealand Pharmacists

Accreditations: HON seal (Jan. 2019), TRUSTe certified privacy

Additional Features: Symptom checker, side-effect checker, drug interactions checker, pill-identifier with image search, discount drug card, news and FDA alerts, Q&A, support groups, videos, newsletters, slideshows

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: privacy@drugs.com

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