RxNorm Release Notes
February Release - 2/04/2019
This release of RxNorm is consistent with the 2018AB 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.
The following sources with version names in bold have been updated since the previous RxNorm release:
|Gold Standard Drug Database||GS||GS_2019_01_08|
|Multum MediSource Lexicon||MMSL||MMSL_2019_01_01|
|Micromedex RED BOOK||MMX||MMX_2019_01_07|
|FDA Structured Product Labels||MTHSPL||MTHSPL_2019_01_25|
|FDB MedKnowledge (formerly NDDF Plus)||NDDF||NDDF_2019_01_02|
|RxNorm normalized names and codes||RXNORM||RXNORM_18AB_190204F|
|Veterans Health Administration National Drug File||VANDF||VANDF_2018_12_28|
The following sources have not been updated since the previous RxNorm release:
|Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System||ATC||ATC_2018|
|Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)||MSH||MSH2019_2018_07_31|
|CMS Formulary Reference File||MTHCMSFRF||MTHCMSFRF_2014|
|US Edition of SNOMED CT (drug information)||SNOMEDCT_US||SNOMEDCT_US_2018_07_31|
|USP Compendial Nomenclature||USP||USP_2018_12_10|
*Reminder: As of October 2017, Medi-Span data will not be included in the RxNorm or UMLS releases. If you have questions about Medi-Span, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four New Dose Forms
The February RxNorm release includes four new dose forms: Inhalation Suspension, Inhalation Solution, Inhalation Powder, and Vaginal Insert. Inhalation Suspension is new in RxNorm; the other dose forms replace existing dose form names. Details are below.
- Inhalation Suspension
- This is a new dose form created in RxNorm.
- The Inhalation Suspension dose form is defined as a suspension intended to be inhaled.
- Approximately 4 active generic drug names (TTY= SCD) and their related concepts use this dose form.
- Inhalation Solution
- This dose form replaces the Inhalant Solution dose form. All drugs previously using the Inhalant Solution dose form now have the Inhalation Solution dose form.
- The Inhalation Solution dose form is defined as a solution intended to be inhaled.
- Approximately 49 active generic drug names (TTY= SCD) and their related concepts use this dose form.
- Inhalation Powder
- This dose form replaces the Inhalant Powder dose form. All drugs previously using the Inhalant Powder dose form now have the Inhalation Powder dose form.
- The Inhalation Powder dose form is defined as a powdered medication that is intended to be inhaled.
- Approximately 18 active generic drug names (TTY= SCD) and their related concepts use this dose form.
- Vaginal Insert
- This dose form replaces the Vaginal Tablet and Vaginal Suppository dose forms. All drugs previously using the Vaginal Tablet and Vaginal Suppository dose forms now have the Vaginal Insert dose form.
- The Vaginal Insert dose form is defined as a solid form (tablet, capsule, or suppository) intended to be inserted into the vagina.
- Approximately 20 active drug names (TTY = SCD) and their related concepts use this dose form.
|Term Type or Attribute||Number|
|Active RXNORM MINs||3921|
|Active RXNORM INs||12160|
|Active RXNORM PINs||2835|
|Active RXNORM BNs||5960|
|Active RXNORM DFs||117|
|Obsolete RXNORM MINs||0|
|Obsolete RXNORM INs||0|
|Obsolete RXNORM PINs||0|
|Obsolete RXNORM BNs||6237|
|Obsolete RXNORM DFs||61|
|Distinct SAB=RXNORM NDCs||252342|
Last Reviewed: February 4, 2019