How Easy is it to Find Information About Drug Metabolism on the Internet?
Not so easy is the answer. A recent survey of the top 100 hits in a Google
search of "Drug Metabolism" returned a paltry amount of really useful information
(Figure 1). Only 10% of the hits returned were for web-sites that were truly
information-rich about drug metabolism. By information-rich, we mean sites
like this one, and this site wasn't one of the top 100 (must work of the search
Figure 1. Results of a Google Search for "Drug Metabolism"
The majority (37%) of web-sites returned were for organisations (e.g. ISSX) with
a further 18% for commercial web-sites (Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca, Merck, etc.).
Almost a quarter of the hits were accounted for by journal web-sites or by article
abstracts provided by indexing services. The final 10 hits were made up of
biographies (4), portals (3), other search engines (2) and junk (2).
This is all very interesting at the right time. If you want a new job it may
be great to find that AZ are recruiting drug metabolists (not so great if it turns
out it was in 2005!). And it would be easier to go to a dedicated job-search
web-site rather than a Google search on drug metabolism. If you are looking
for an article about drug metabolism, again it must be more efficient to go straight
to Pubmed or your favourite indexing service to do that - not a Google search.
Sure there are search engines out there other than Google, but it is the most heavily
used, so it's disappointing that useful information about drug metabolism is being
swamped. The Google engine is alledgedly so clever and yet it doesn't seem
able to prioritise or filter information in a usable way. If you're reading
this then you've obviously found the site somehow, and know the level of information
available. But the aim is to have it grow and become a useful hub for drug metabolism scientists, so that maybe one day you won't need to do Google Searches
because everything you need is here or is reachable from here. With this aim in mind, please do
send your favourite links
so that they can be added to the
And if you know of a more reliable search tool for drug metabolism searches then
that too so that everyone can share your good fortune.