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Re: [Gnumed-devel] FreeDiams news

From: Jim Busser
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] FreeDiams news
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:09:43 -0700

On 2010-08-14, at 2:57 PM, Rogerio Luz Coelho wrote:

> Hey...  while Karsten is in the wishing mode ... wish me a Brasilian drug 
> base too ;) 

Well, there is more that you can do than simply wish. You can find out what 
branch of the government approves the drugs which can be sold (marketed) in 
brazil, and those which can not.

Every one of these drugs will have a non-proprietary / generic / chemical 
entity name which might be an english (american AHFS or WHO INN) name.

Every one of these drugs will also have a "brand or commercial name" provided 
by each company that wants to sell the drug.

Without any doubt, all of the above information and likely even all of the 
information about the strength and form exists in data files possessed by the 

Very likely the only problem is that the government did not get around to 
packaging this information at all, let alone with any read me for file layouts.

If you really did see this as something worthwhile...

.. do you have a secretary?
... can he / she find out what branch of government looks after drug approvals?
.. can she get a name and contact number and find out when this person is next 
... would she understand enough of what you are wanting to determine if the 
contact person is the right person or alternatively would suggest some other 
better person (maybe in government IT etc) to help identify what is available, 
for you to contact?
.. if she would not understand enough but can find *some* name and phone 
number, would you call them yourself?

If none of the above, and if you have no local doctors or medical organization 
that would understand the above to be useful, then it will just stay a dream :-)

-- Jim

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