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Re: German drug data was Re: [Gnumed-devel] FreeDiams news

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: German drug data was Re: [Gnumed-devel] FreeDiams news
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:26:04 +0200
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On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:27:55AM -0700, Jim Busser wrote:

> Three activist approaches, none mutually exclusive:
> 1. ... although I do not (as I write this) have internet 
> connectivity, I know in en.wikipedia exists many drug topics with one page 
> per drug and in a right-side characteristics box is often the information
>       ATC ... code
> ... possibly there exists a wikipedia-coded (thematic) link, or means, or 
> method of finding all such german pages and extracting
>       pseudoINN ATC
> ... I say pseudoINN because the WHO did not so far develop a German-language 
> set of INNs

Oh, no problem, we already have German ATC <-> INN.

> 2. "friend" (or find out through medical colleague contacts) a pharmacist who
> - manages (and preferably owns) a pharmacy
> - believes in freedom of information
> - can make an independent decision
> ... it seems to me that any software used in his or her
> pharmacy must be able to generate reports of what they have
> been selling / prescribing and I suspect that even if the
> reference tables are not "owned" and are only licensed from
> data providers, the actual business data of
>       drug name       drug form       drug strength
> sold / dispensed by the pharmacy must surely be owned by
> the pharmacy and even just such a report (written to disk
> instead of to printer) would be a help. If both the "brand"
> and the "non-proprietary" name were included that would be a
> bonus.

That's an interesting idea.

> 3. build it from the GNUmed (or larger) software-using
> doctor community within Germany... no matter what software
> they use, if it stores within it any structured data like
> what I describe above for pharmacies, then *somebody* may
> either already have such a reporting ability within their
> software, or could ask their supporter (yes, even a closed
> source provider of decent service) to generate a file for
> them on a one-time basis. Obviously, the larger and
> more-varied the praxes, the more complete would be the
> pooled data set.

Same here.

> NOTE: I already generated a "Google German" translation of
> the FreeDiams drug interaction strings but do not believe it
> should be added to production FD until someone has checked
> it because the Google French-->English sometimes generated

I have tried to open it with OpenOffice which didn't work.

>       Association recommended
> instead of "Association not recommended". However, the incentive for someone 
> to go to this trouble may be better after a table (or linked tables) of German
>       commercial name
>         commercial entity ATC (if available)
>       form
>       route
>       composition(s) --> linked / normalized
>       strength per component
> was developed.

That sounds right.

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