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Medscape

Medscape
Web address medscape.com
Type of site Health information
Registration Required
Available in English
Owner WebMD
Launched July 2009
Alexa rank positive decrease 3,906 (April 2014)[1]

Medscape is a web resource for physicians and health professionals. It features peer-reviewed original medical journal articles, CME (Continuing Medical Education), a customized version of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, daily medical news, major conference coverage, and drug information—including a drug database (Medscape Drug Reference, or MDR) and drug interaction checker. All content in Medscape is available free of charge for professionals and consumers alike, but registration is required.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Reception 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

History

Homepage of the Medscape website as displayed on Google Chrome

In May 1995, Medscape, Inc. was founded in New York's Silicon Alley by SCP Communications, Inc., under the direction of Peter Frishauf.

In February 1999, medical editor Journal of the American Medical Association. In September of that year, Medscape, Inc. went public and began trading on NASDAQ under the symbol MSCP.

In May 2000, Medscape merged with MedicaLogic, Inc., another public company. MedicaLogic filed for bankruptcy within 18 months and sold Medscape to WebMD in December 2001.

In 2008, Lundberg was terminated by WebMD. The following year, it was announced that no new articles would be accepted for the Medscape Journal of Medicine, a Medscape journal that Lundberg started in 1999.[2]

In 2009, WebMD released an iOS application of Medscape CME,[3] followed by an Android version two years later.[4]

Reception

A 2008 comparative analysis of Medscape Drug Reference versus WorldHeritage concluded that drug monographs on Medscape Drug Reference were more comprehensive, and WorldHeritage articles had more errors of omission.[5] That conclusion caught the attention of mainstream media.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Medscape.com Site Info".  
  2. ^ Romaine, M; Zatz, S; Brown, K; Lundbert, GD (2009). (1999-2009)"The Medscape Journal of Medicine"So long but not farewell: . Medscape Journal of Medicine 11 (1): 33. Retrieved 21 February 2009. (registration required (help)). 
  3. ^ Dolan, Brian (21 June 2009). "WebMD Launches Medscape CME app for iPhone". mobihealthnews. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Einerson, Brett (7 January 2011). "The most popular iPhone medical app, Medscape, is now on Android". iMedicalApps. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Clauson, KA; Polen, HH; Boulos, MNK; Dzenowagis, JH (2008). "Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in WorldHeritage".  
  6. ^ Harding, Anne (25 November 2008). "WorldHeritage often omits important drug information".  

Further reading

  • Oransky, Ivan (31 January 2009). , an open-access pioneer, stops publishing new papers"Medscape Journal of Medicine"RIP: The .  
  • Frishauf, Peter. "Medscape — The First Five Years". Medscape. (registration required (help)). 
  • Lundberg, George D. "The First 10 Years of Medscape, 1995-2005: From Delusion Through Vision to a Culture" (video editorial). Medscape. (registration required (help)). 

External links

  • Official website ()
  • Medscape Drug Interaction Checker
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