Drugle - A semantic search engine for pharmacology and medical drug information
Intended audience and users
Drugle is a search engine for producer independent and authorative
information on pharmacology and medical drugs on the Internet. As
such it is intended to function both as a general point of reference
as well as a decision support system. The intended audience can be
categorized as follows:
- Healthcare personnel, ie doctors, nurses etc.
- Patients and relatives of patients.
- Researchers and academics.
- Medical students.
- Healthcare information & process managers.
- Healthcare software systems via web service API.
- The general user.
Drugle can easily be integrated with other healthcare applications
and systems via its web service API. Typical examples of such
applications are EHR and drug prescription systems. By continuously
adding new information and data sources, building and adapting a
semantic knowledge base and by developing specialized search profiles
Drugle will be able to serve the varying needs of different user
groups in a consistent manner and via a standard interface.
Notable key features of Drugle are:
- Indexes virtually unlimited amounts of pharmacological and
medical drug information and data.
- Continuously updates indexing information.
- Continuously adds new sources of information and data.
- Analyzes gathered data and indexes it based on its internal
structure, which enables a search resolution that is higher
than the individual documents or data items themselves.
- Supports boolean and probabilistic search models.
- Search algorithms are both model and terminology based.
- Supports synonyms and lexical proximity.
- Advanced search term syntax.
- Profile and context based search features.
Drugle will be free to use for the general public, but the number
of requests from any given IP-adress will be limited per 24 hours.
For more requests an account must be registered and a fee must be
The demo installation
The demo installation is free for unlimited use. However the demo
installation may be removed or upgraded at any time with no prior
notification. The demo installation currently indexes the following
- SPC stands for Summary of Product Characteristics. The SPC
is the formal specification of the product characteristics for a
given drug. All drugs approved by a national drug registration
authority must have a registered SPC.
- REC stands for Recommended Drug.
- DDI stands for Drug-Drug Interaction.
Custom adaptions and installations
Drugle can be adapted to the needs of specific organizations and
dedicated and password protected Drugle installations can be set
up on request. Please contact