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Re: [Gnumed-devel] clin_medication

From: J Busser
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] clin_medication
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 21:47:33 -0700

At 10:51 AM +0200 10/19/04, Karsten Hilbert wrote:
 > So something that more generically captures "not regular" or "special
 formulation" which is not always "sustained release" - one could
 potentially be dealing with a fast-release preparation ;-)
*That* is what I think might be useful in clin_medication: to
be able to mark that the "special preparation" was selected for
that drug.

At 10:49 AM +0200 10/19/04, Karsten Hilbert wrote:
 > >ACK, and ACK on relegating (I like that word!) the CR concept to another
 > Where?
I think what Jim means is to relegate the detailed info about
*what* is special about the preparation to where it belongs,
namely the drug database.

Yes, that is what I meant.

However, by "Where", is Ian seeking further discussion on drug databases? How is the database schema from drugref and other potential references best examined (without "installing")?

Also I found a drug database hat has been open sourced. How many options do we now have to choose from?

His next post shows that he does
agree with retaining a clin_medication marker field that there
indeed *is* something special about the preparation. I am sure
Jim will have something to say on how to best name that field.

Um... should there develop any sentiment that I say too much (or
too little useful) about naming - not that I assume it's what was
meant above - let me know and/or just shoot me  :^)

Right now we have is_CR.

If is_CR (controlled release) adequately serves to indicate a "special formulation" we can leave it this way. I feel as if it would be overkill to split into two fields one (is_CR) to denote *only* "special onset or duration of effect" and a separate one (is_special_formulation) to denote "special formulation other than pharmacokinetic e.g. tastes better".

If there is agreement on using one field, I am open to is_CR or is_SF or is_special_formulation.

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