ITOCHU Announces Launch of Drug Information Website Yakujien for Healthcare Professionals

February 13, 2020

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Yoshihisa Suzuki, President & COO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that it has launched a drug information website, called Yakujien, which can be connected with medical SNS.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is building Community-based integrated care systems, which provides services, including health care, nursing care and livelihood support, aiming to create a society where the elderly can live as they wish in familiar surroundings in Japan, where the population is aging rapidly. The number of people receiving home medical care is increasing and will exceed 1 million in 2025.*1
In home medical care, a patient is cared for by a variety of healthcare professionals, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses and care managers, from different bases, and it is necessary for them to share information on the patient. Efficiently sharing accurate information on drugs for patients is particularly becoming more and more important not only for doctors and pharmacists, but also nurses, care managers and other people involved in home medical care.

Yakujien*2 is the only drug information website for healthcare professionals in Japan that is linked to Medical Care Station*3 (MCS), one of Japan’s largest medical SNS. It posts the updated package inserts of the more than 20,000 ethical drugs used in Japan, which contain medical information and their side effects. Yakujien is linked to the patients’ drug pages of MCS. Each page contains easy-to-read text and the information can be shared by people involved other than doctors and pharmacists.

Yakujien helps pharmaceutical companies provide drug information. ITOCHU will expand the services offered by Yakujien as a platform that meets healthcare professionals’ needs for information and companies’ needs for providing drug information.

ITOCHU has set a policy of “Evolution of business model with new technologies” in its Medium-Term Management Plan, “Brand-new Deal 2020: Becoming a Next-Generation Merchant.” The launch of Yakujien is in line with this policy. Positioning healthcare as an area of focus, ITOCHU will continue to promote active business development to contribute to a society where better medical care will be provided.

  • *1This is based on material for a joint meeting of the working group on the community healthcare initiative and the working group on home medical care and cooperation between healthcare and long-term care.
  • *2Yakujien
    Yakujien provides drug information, including package inserts of ethical drugs, to healthcare
    The website is designed for healthcare professionals to easily use it on location, and drugs can be
    searched and compared with ease. Supervised by Susumu Wakabayashi (Department of Pharmacy,
    Kyorin University Hospital)
  • *3Medical Care Station (MCS)
    Medical Care Station (MCS) is one of Japan’s largest social media sites for medical and long-term
    care purposes. MCS is used by more than 100,000 people in medical and long-term care settings
    nationwide, including more than 200 medical associations, as a tool for collaboration among many
    types of medical care givers working at hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, nursing homes, among other
    facilities and communication with patients and their families.
    ・Information on MCS:
    ・Information on use: