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Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®)

RxNorm Release Notes

October Release - 10/03/2016

This release of RxNorm is consistent with the 2016AA UMLS Metathesaurus release. For additional information about RxNorm releases, including scripts for loading the RxNorm data into Oracle and MySQL databases, read the RxNorm technical documentation.

Sources

The following sources have been updated since the previous RxNorm release:

Source NameSABVersion
Gold Standard Drug Database GS GS_2016_09_07
Medi-Span Master Drug Data Base MDDB MDDB_2016_08_31
Multum MediSource Lexicon MMSL MMSL_2016_09_01
Micromedex RED BOOK MMX MMX_2016_09_06
FDA Structured Product Labels MTHSPL MTHSPL_2016_09_21
FDB MedKnowledge (formerly NDDF Plus) NDDF NDDF_2016_09_07
Veterans Health Administration National Drug File - Reference Terminology NDFRT NDFRT_2016_10_03
NDFRT FDASPL relationships NDFRT_FDASPL NDFRT_FDASPL_2016_10_03
NDFRT FMTSME relationships NDFRT_FMTSME NDFRT_FMTSME_2016_10_03
Veterans Health Administration National Drug File VANDF VANDF_2016_08_19

 

The following sources have not been updated in this release:

Source NameSABVersion
Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System ATC ATC_2016
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) MSH MSH2016_2016_02_26
CMS Formulary Reference File MTHCMSFRF MTHCMSFRF_2014
US Edition of SNOMED CT (drug information) SNOMEDCT_US SNOMEDCT_US_2016_07_31

Data Changes

New Dose Form Added
RxNorm includes a new dose form: Sublingual Powder. This dose form is defined as a powder intended for use under the tongue.

Qualitative Distinction
Please see the technical documentation for an explanation of Qualitative Distinctions (QDs), which were first released in the August monthly release.

Here are the new concepts with QDs in the October release:

RXCUITTYString
1648183SCD40/60 Release 24 HR Methylphenidate Hydrochloride 15 MG Extended Release Oral Capsule
1648185SBD40/60 Release 24 HR Methylphenidate Hydrochloride 15 MG Extended Release Oral Capsule [Aptensio]
1807886SCDBiphasic 12 HR Hyoscyamine Sulfate 0.375 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet
1807887SBDBiphasic 12 HR Hyoscyamine Sulfate 0.375 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet [Symax]
403888SCDMicroencapsulated Potassium Chloride 15 MEQ Extended Release Oral Tablet
832731SBDMicroencapsulated Potassium Chloride 15 MEQ Extended Release Oral Tablet [Klor-Con]
1807888SCDModified 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 1000 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet
861015SBDModified 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 1000 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet [Glumetza]
1807915SCDModified 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 500 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet
861018SBDModified 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 500 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet [Glumetza]
1807894SCDOsmotic 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 1000 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet
860998SBDOsmotic 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 1000 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet [Fortamet]
1807917SCDOsmotic 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 500 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet
861002SBDOsmotic 24 HR Metformin hydrochloride 500 MG Extended Release Oral Tablet [Fortamet]

For each SCD or SBD with a QD, there is an associated attribute in RXNSAT with the attribute name (ATN) of 'RXN_QUALITATIVE_DISTINCTION'. The October release contains the following new attributes to match the QD strings found in the SCD and SBD normalized names:

  • Biphasic
  • Modified
  • Osmotic

Data Counts

Term Type or AttributeNumber
Active GPCKs371
Active BPCKs419
Active SCDs18797
Active SBDs10646
Active RXNORM MINs3983
Active RXNORM INs11119
Active RXNORM PINs2586
Active RXNORM BNs6286
Active RXNORM DFs117
  
Obsolete GPCKs142
Obsolete BPCKs129
Obsolete SCDs16238
Obsolete SBDs10156
Obsolete RXNORM MINs0
Obsolete RXNORM INs0
Obsolete RXNORM PINs0
Obsolete RXNORM BNs9618
Obsolete RXNORM DFs56
Editor-suppressed SCDs1552
Editor-suppressed SBDs1322
Source-asserted NDCs1222274
Distinct source-asserted NDCs575706
SAB=RXNORM NDCs220028
Distinct SAB=RXNORM NDCs220028