RXNorm Values Added to AHFS Patient Medication Information

Recently added to the value-added STA!Ref title AHFS Patient Medication Information are RXNorm values. They appear under Introductory Information, below Class. The RXNorm system is two things: a normalized naming system for generic and branded drugs; and a tool for supporting semantic interoperation between drug terminologies and pharmacy knowledge base systems. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces RxNorm. Hospitals, pharmacies, and other organizations use computer systems to record and process drug information.


Because these systems use many different sets of drug names, it can be difficult for one system to communicate with another. To address this challenge, RxNorm provides normalized names and unique identifiers for medicines and drugs. The goal of RxNorm is to allow computer systems to communicate drug-related information efficiently and unambiguously.

As a reminder, AHFS Patient Medication Information (PMI), is the trusted, independent resource that is the backbone of the consumer drug information of many popular websites. It is the core medication information in the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) publicly accessible Medline Plus website and in its Medline Plus Connect service and is the featured patient medication link from DailyMed and from the Consumer portion of FDA’s website. AHFS PMI is a recognized standard for patient drug information. 

The AHFS PMI database became the first private sector publication developed for educating consumers and patients about their drugs; first published in 1978. ASHP has long been recognized as an authority on educating patients about drug use and safety, and a founding member of the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The AHFS PMI database is a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. 

Having any one or more of these American Society of Health-System Pharmacists titles, qualifies you for AHFS Patient Medication Information as a free STAT!Ref value-added resource: AHFS Drug InformationASHP Injectable Drug InformationCompounding Sterile PreparationsEssential Evidence Plus & AHFS DI EssentialsExtended Stability for Parenteral DrugsMerck Manual Professional Version & AHFS DI Essentials and/or Teddy Bear Book: Pediatric Injectable Drugs.

If you do not have any of the above resources from TDS Health, and are interested in accessing AHFS Patient Medication Information, please contact your representative today by clicking here or calling 800-901-5494.