Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®)
National Drug File - Reference Terminology Source Information
The National Drug File - Reference Terminology (NDF-RT) is produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
NDF-RT is an extension of the VHA National Drug File (NDF). It organizes the drug list into a formal representation.
NDF-RT is used for modeling drug characteristics including ingredients, chemical structure, dose form, physiologic effect, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and related diseases.
NDF-RT combines the NDF hierarchical drug classification with a multi-category reference model. The categories are:
- Cellular or Molecular Interactions [MoA]
- Chemical Ingredients [Chemical/Ingredient]
- Clinical Kinetics [PK]
- Diseases, Manifestations or Physiologic States [Disease/Finding]
- Dose Forms [Dose Form]
- Pharmaceutical Preparations
- Physiological Effects [PE]
- Therapeutic Categories [TC]
- VA Drug Interactions [VA Drug Interaction]
For more information about NDF in the Metathesaurus, see the NDF source synopsis.
NDF-RT is updated monthly.
Metathesaurus Update Frequency
NDF-RT is updated in each Metathesaurus release as part of RxNorm.
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