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Christine M Cheng, Alejandra Salazar, Mary G Amato, Bruce L Lambert, Lynn A Volk, Gordon D Schiff
Objective: To extract drug indications from a commercial drug knowledgebase and determine to what extent drug indications can discriminate between look-alike-sound-alike (LASA) drugs. Methods: We extracted drug indications disease concepts from the MedKnowledge Indications module from First Databank Inc. (South San Francisco, CA) and associated them with drugs on the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) list of commonly confused drug names. We used high-level concepts (rather than granular concepts) to represent the general indications for each drug...
May 22, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Ajit A Dhavle, Stacy Ward-Charlerie, Michael T Rupp, Vishal P Amin, Joshua Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Communication of an accurate and interpretable drug identifier between prescriber and pharmacist is critically important for realizing the potential benefits of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) while minimizing its risk. The National Drug Code (NDC) is the most commonly used codified drug identifier in ambulatory care e-prescribing, but concerns have been raised regarding its use for this purpose.  OBJECTIVES: To (a) assess the frequency of NDC identifier transmission in ambulatory e-prescribing; (b) characterize the type of NDC identifier transmitted (representative, repackaged, obsolete, private label, and unit dose); and (c) assess the level of agreement between drug descriptions corresponding to NDC identifiers in electronic prescriptions (e-prescriptions) and the free-text drug descriptions that were entered by prescribers...
November 2015: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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