It’s Free – Meds now found on Google’s Knowledge Graph

Google may not be a suitable replacement for doctors, but it's now a great place to learn everything you need to know about medication.

Google's Knowledge Graph - a database holding billions of facts and providing detailed information about a searched topic, as well as links to other sites - now provides extensive data on medicine. Searchers for information on particular meds will access data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the FDA and the National Library of Medicine, and have it delivered in a snapshot on the results page.

Now, when users enter a specific drug in the Google search bar, Google not only delivers the usual list of related links but also provides a box on the right of those links that gives an extensive summary of the drug, alternative names, related drugs and risks.

Naturally, this doesn't replace a doctor's advice, but it certainly gives a lot more information than the label on a pill bottle.

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