The Fall American Chemical Society meeting in Boston is just around the corner and we are finishing up the integration of some recent developments. As is usual we have way more things that we wanted to deliver than we have been able to implement. But we’ve always got more ideas so this is no surprise. The biggest change is the new website redesign that a number of readers of this blog voted on and influenced. In the next few days I will announce new features and integrations that we will be delivering, all being well!

Pillbox is defined on the website as “…enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images.” I first heard about PillBox when David Hale, “host” of Pillbox, and I were on the same speaking agenda at a meeting in Washington. David is a very engaging speaker and I really appreciated the visual nature of what they are working to deliver. Trying to identify the pharmaceutical ingredients in a pill from the color and pill imprint etc is tough…then comes PillBox.

Using the API provided to PillBox we have integrated ChemSpider directly to PillBox. So, in the future when you search on Viagra on ChemSpider and find Sildenafil Citrate you will see a new link to Pillbox (we are determining where on the page at present) and under there you will see the links to Pillbox.

A search on Viagra on Pillbox will show this:


but using the API we can show the information embedded into the ChemSpider page as show below.


Notice that all three Viagra dosages are shown and each can be opened to preview one at a time. 

This is simply one more example of integrating into the online resources becoming increasingly available and focusing on having ChemSpider being a structure-searchable hub connecting them together.

Stumble it!

2 Responses to “Pillbox gives pretty pictures of pharmaceuticals”

  1. Sean says:

    great idea – is there a link to images of plants for natural products so you could link to these too (plant and chemical linkage) – this would teach people which popular drugs, flavorings, scents etc actually were plant derived.

  2. Antony Williams says:

    I am not aware of an online database showing the relationship between natural product structures and plants…maybe something exists on Wikipedia…if such a database existed we could link to it.

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