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. 2018 Jan 4;46(D1):D1074-D1082.
doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx1037.

DrugBank 5.0: A Major Update to the DrugBank Database for 2018

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DrugBank 5.0: A Major Update to the DrugBank Database for 2018

David S Wishart et al. Nucleic Acids Res. .
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DrugBank ( is a web-enabled database containing comprehensive molecular information about drugs, their mechanisms, their interactions and their targets. First described in 2006, DrugBank has continued to evolve over the past 12 years in response to marked improvements to web standards and changing needs for drug research and development. This year's update, DrugBank 5.0, represents the most significant upgrade to the database in more than 10 years. In many cases, existing data content has grown by 100% or more over the last update. For instance, the total number of investigational drugs in the database has grown by almost 300%, the number of drug-drug interactions has grown by nearly 600% and the number of SNP-associated drug effects has grown more than 3000%. Significant improvements have been made to the quantity, quality and consistency of drug indications, drug binding data as well as drug-drug and drug-food interactions. A great deal of brand new data have also been added to DrugBank 5.0. This includes information on the influence of hundreds of drugs on metabolite levels (pharmacometabolomics), gene expression levels (pharmacotranscriptomics) and protein expression levels (pharmacoprotoemics). New data have also been added on the status of hundreds of new drug clinical trials and existing drug repurposing trials. Many other important improvements in the content, interface and performance of the DrugBank website have been made and these should greatly enhance its ease of use, utility and potential applications in many areas of pharmacological research, pharmaceutical science and drug education.


Figure 1.
Figure 1.
A screenshot montage of DrugBank's new pill images.
Figure 2.
Figure 2.
A screenshot montage of DrugBank's new spectral viewing features showing experimentally acquired NMR and ESI-MS/MS spectra for acetaminophen.

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