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TaLl MaN LeTTerING, RxNorm and ISMP

09/19/2010
It turns out that the great medication vocabulary RxNorm does support tall man lettering, recommended by ISMP to prevent drug mix ups.  Increasingly RxNorm is used to convert and normalize medication names and display across multiple systems.

It is critical that the display and ordering of medications use tallman letter to decrease errors.
I spent a fair amount of time with the help of the company Clinical Architecture in converting all of the ISMP recommended tallman lettering of medications into the RxNorm database.  The RxNorm identifier, CUI is referenced.  They have been nice enough to make this work available to all via their web site of resources.  Usual qualifiers – Use at your own risk, we did the best we could but to do guaranty anything. 

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