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- Overall, we rate Drugs.com a pro-science and Very-High factual website based on utilizing credible expert sources.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
Country: New Zealand
World Press Freedom Rank: New Zealand 9/180
Founded in 2001, Drugs.com is an independent medicine information website available on the Internet. According to their about page “The Drugs.com Drug Information Database is powered by several independent leading medical-information suppliers, including; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Cerner Multum and IBM Watson Micromedex.”
Funded by / Ownership
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. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
The Drugs.com website offers an A-Z drugs list, a Pill Identifier, Interactions Checker, and News and Alerts. You can also search the database for drug information. For example, if you search for Hydrocodone it pulls up information on the drug, such as its uses, side effects, interactions, etc. Under News and Alerts, they publish medical-related news such as this Health Care After COVID: Racial Disparities Laid Bare. News is low biased and factual. They cite credible sources such as Harvard Health and the Mayo Clinic. In general, drugs.com is a pro-science resource for learning about pharmaceutical type drugs.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Drugs.com a pro-science and Very-High factual website based on utilizing credible expert sources. (D. Van Zandt 1/19/2021)