Drugs API

Drugs API for fetching general information on drugs by Drugbank
Use the database made by Drugbank to use this drugs API with the purpose of fetching general information on drugs. The data is used by small business, medium business and enterprises, some examples of the type of company that uses the data are healthcare marketing platforms, pharmaceutical companies, drug directory services and more. The customers use it within the healthcare, marketing and pharmaceutical industry. When filtering the API based on the drugbank_id, alternate_drugbank_ids, name, created_at, updated_at, drug_type and more you will be able to get the output that you need for your project. The API is available in Austria, Canada, Colombia, European Union, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and United States. Some possible use cases for the drugs directory data are for example; healthcare marketing, pharmaceutical comparison and analysis, providing information about drugs on healthcare platforms, healthcare research and more. It is ofcourse imaginable that customers have different use cases that haven’t been thought of previously. It is amazing to hear about those.

Drugs API endpoints


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To be able to obtain a data output like in the example output, customers need to communicate with the drugs general information data endpoint by sending a data request to the endpoint; with the right object parameters. For the applicable parameters and objects, check the parameter table of the drugs API that describes it. Working with your API key parameter and setting it to your private key, you can start receiving data working with any of the leading programming languages. Put the endpoint into the URL to make the request.

Drugs API filtering parameters

See here the filter parameters applicable with the drugs data.
drugbank_id drug_type clinical_description
alternate_drugbank_ids unii therapeutically_significant
name synonyms cas_number
created_at description groups
updated_at simple_description synthesis_references

Drugs API object description

Find the objects and the associated description with the table to use the API also make use of the different parameters applicable to be able to receive the needed data as a response output.
Objects Description
drugbank_id Other identifiers that may be associated with the drug.
alternate_drugbank_ids Alternate identifiers used for this drug in DrugBank.
description Descriptions of drug chemical properties, history and regulatory status.
updated_at Denotes when this drug was last updated in DrugBank.
created_at Date that this drug was first added to DrugBank.
cas_number The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number assigned to the drug.
unii Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) of this drug.
groups Other groups that this drug belongs to. May include any of: approved, vet_approved, nutraceutical, illicit, withdrawn, investigational, and experimental.
drug_type Either small_molecule, or biotech. Biotech is used for any drug that is derived from living systems or organisms, usually composed of high molecular weight mixtures of protein, while small_molecule describes a low molecular weight organic compound.
synthesis_references Citation for synthesis of the drug molecule.
synonyms Other names or identifiers that are associated with this drug.
organisms Organisms in which the drug may display activity; activity may depend on local susceptibility patterns and resistance.
ahfs_codes The American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS) identifier for this drug.
food_interactions Food that may interact with this drug.

Output response of the drugs API

Here customers are able to find the response example. Subscribe for the complete response output due to this being limited to be able to make it more readable.
  "drugbank_id": "DB00244",
  "alternate_drugbank_ids": [
  "name": "Mesalazine",
  "description": "An anti-inflammatory agent, structurally related to the salicylates, which is active in inflammatory bowel disease. It is considered to be the active moiety of sulphasalazine. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed)",
  "updated_at": "2018-09-25",
  "created_at": "2005-06-13",
  "biotech_categories": null,
  "cas_number": "89-57-6",
  "unii": "4Q81I59GXC",
  "groups": [
  "drug_type": "small_molecule",
  "synthesis_references": "Thomas M. Parkinson, Joseph P. Brown, Robert E. Wingard, Jr., "Pharmaceutical preparations containing a polymeric agent for releasing 5-aminosalicylic acid or its salts into the gastrointestinal tract." U.S. Patent US4298595, issued January, 1975.",
  "synonyms": [
    "5-aminosalicylic acid",
    "m-Aminosalicylic acid"
  "organisms": [
    "Humans and other mammals"
  "ahfs_codes": [
  "food_interactions": [
    "Take without regard to meals."


There are SDKs accessible to support the development of your project, just request them and they will be sent. After this use the filter parameters to select the required output for you and with the drugs general information API output in JSON your platform should be clear to build.

Drugs API pricing

Before you determine to buy API access you can request for samples and trials of the drugs API. Email to inquire into the trial access and you should be able to play with the API. It will not be without limits but it will be sufficient to be able to test the API platform.

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The API by Drugbank is available with 3D secure payment and immediate access to fetch data.
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