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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: GNUmed and FreeDiams

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: GNUmed and FreeDiams
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:29:31 +0100
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On Sun, Jan 02, 2011 at 07:40:48PM -0800, Jim Busser wrote:

>       unique (description, amount, units)
> many of the drugs (apart from ramipril) use INN variant names …
>       enalapril maleate
>       enalapril sodium
>       acebutolol (acebutolol hydrochloride)
>       acebutolol hydrochloride
> so I am wondering how to handle this. When prescribing, I seldom know enough 
> to care which salt… I *could* script a replacement of the names, keying on 
> the ATCs (where known) and by this method globally replace with the INN 
> english, along with some back substitutions (say, paracetamol to 
> acetaminophen as it's known in North America).
> Even if I would do this however, there are many other
> substances that lack ATCs by which to resolve and
> consolidate their names, so shall I simply import these
> other substance descriptions?         

IMO yes.

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