RxNorm February 2018 Release Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Jan-Feb;(420):b7.
2018 February 07 [posted]
The February full monthly release of RxNorm is available as of Monday, February 5, 2018 & contains the last expected version of the Vet Health Administration’s (VHA) National Drug File-Reference Terminology (NDF-RT). The new Medication Reference Terminology (MED-RT) will be the evolutionary successor to the VHA’s NDF-RT. Both are formal ontological representations of medication terminology, pharmacologic classifications, and asserted authoritative relationships between them.
The VHA plans to cease publication of NDF-RT AND begin releasing MED-RT in its place in the first quarter of 2018, with the anticipated first release of MED-RT to be on March 5, 2018. The last release of NDF-RT is planned to be February 2018 which will be in the February RxNorm release & will remain in the RxNorm full monthly releases for at least six months. There are no plans to include MED-RT in RxNorm; however, MED-RT will be included in the UMLS Metathesaurus along with RxNorm & its source vocabularies.
In preparation for the planned upcoming release of MED-RT on March 5, 2018, three MED-RT Webinars or training videos have been created by J P Systems, Inc. They are available now online (YouTube).