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22 January 2019

Mapping to Virtual Medicinal Product Pack

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Rx-info maps all descriptions received from Trusts each month, with 92% of the total drug descriptions mapped to the dm+d. The remainder are manufactured items, items not yet listed on dm+d or items that are not in scope of the dm+d editorial policy (such as containers). Trust descriptions that are mapped to dm+d are mapped by the available information, as shown below:

● Generic medicine name only – mapped to VMP, but also to AMP if only one branded product on dm+d
● Brand name or generic manufacturer – mapped to brand and/or manufacturer
● Pack size stated or only one pack size available – mapped to virtual medicinal product pack (VMPP)

For ‘special order’ product, dm+d editorial policy is for a placeholder pack of 1 ‘each’ (tablet, capsules, ml or g) rather than a specified pack, therefore special order products are not usually mapped to a pack.

Similarly, for injections or infusions where the container type is not specified in the description and there is more than one type listed on dm+d (e.g. vial, bottle, ampoule, bag) the choice of container may vary to the one actually used by the Trust.

For more information take a look at the ‘Assumptions…

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22 January 2019

Biosimilars: adalimumab

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As has been widely reported in the press, adalimumab is now available in a range of biosimilar products and NHSE has issued guidance on the use of the new biosimilars. Products from Amgen…

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22 January 2019

Hepatitis C antivirals – cost comparison

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NICE is proposing a quality standard for treatment of hepatitis C but in the interim the newer antivirals for treating the different genotypes of hepatitis C are covered by Technology Appraisal…

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22 January 2019

Drug description – unit clarification

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There are a few instances for each Trust where it has not been possible to map the Trust description to dm+d as the information supplied is not sufficient to identify the intended product or pack…

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22 January 2019

Revised Defined Daily Doses

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At the end of November 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a new and revised list of ATC codes and DDDs (Defined Daily Doses) which are used in the Rx-info system.

As a result,…

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