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Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®)

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.

Sources

The following sources with version names in bold have been updated since the previous RxNorm release:

Source NameSABVersion
DrugBank DRUGBANK DRUGBANK5.0_2019_01_03
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:

Source NameSABVersion
Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System ATC ATC_2018
Vaccines Administered CVX CVX_2018_10_18
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: medispan-support@wolterskluwer.com.

Data Changes

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.

Data Counts

Term Type or AttributeNumber
Active GPCKs387
Active BPCKs481
Active SCDs18517
Active SBDs10418
Active RXNORM MINs3921
Active RXNORM INs12160
Active RXNORM PINs2835
Active RXNORM BNs5960
Active RXNORM DFs117
  
Obsolete GPCKs190
Obsolete BPCKs160
Obsolete SCDs17039
Obsolete SBDs10960
Obsolete RXNORM MINs0
Obsolete RXNORM INs0
Obsolete RXNORM PINs0
Obsolete RXNORM BNs6237
Obsolete RXNORM DFs61
Editor-suppressed SCDs1760
Editor-suppressed SBDs1441
SAB=RXNORM NDCs252342
Distinct SAB=RXNORM NDCs252342

Last Reviewed: February 4, 2019