The Slone Drug Dictionary contains over 32,000 codes for prescription and non-prescription drug products, dietary supplements, herbal products, and their active ingredients. The database structure provides linkages of reported exposures to their corresponding active ingredients, allowing investigators to easily identify groups of exposures according to a specific component.
- Medicinal agents are classified using the American Hospital Formulary Service-Pharmacologic Therapeutic Classification system (AHFS-PTC), a widely recognized method for classifying drug information.
- Non-medicinal agents, such and vitamins, herbs, and other natural products, are classified using unique expanded classes within the AHFS scheme.
- Drug product codes are linked to their active ingredients, and corresponding pharmacologic classes, allowing investigators to easily identify groups of exposures according to a specific component (e.g., all acetaminophen exposures regardless of brand, single vs. multiple ingredient formulations), drug class ( e.g., Analgesic-Antipyretic), or according to specific product (e.g., acetaminophen with codeine).
- Drugs and drug products may also be grouped into researcher defined categories (coalitions). Drug coalitions may be based upon a particular ingredient (e.g., Folic Acid), therapeutic use (e.g., Diuretics) or pharmacologic classification (e.g., Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents), or user specified grouping (e.g., Non-selective NSAIDS without Aspirin). These drug groupings facilitate analysis by aggregating drug exposures based on user defined inclusion and exclusion criteria, tailored to the needs of the researcher.
Advantages & Features
- Multi-component products are automatically linked to the individual components (active ingredients)
- Active ingredients are classified using a recognized standard pharmacologic classification system
- Contains entries which may not be found in commercial drug databases: international drug names, compounded medications, dietary supplements, investigational drugs, substances of abuse, and other products without US National Drug Code (NDC) numbers
- Includes NOS (“not otherwise specified”) numbers to classify reports of unknown or unspecified drug exposures (e.g., “NOS-Antibiotic”)
- Includes researcher specific drug groupings (coalitions) which facilitate analyses
- Old formulations and discontinued drug products are not deleted, making it useful for retrospective studies
- Maintained by a research pharmacist
- Updated frequently, approximately 1,000 new codes are added each year
- Easily integrated in a variety of data collection instruments (CATIs, CAPIs, and surveys)
- The Slone Drug Dictionary and Drug Search program is available on CD, or by secure http transfer. Updates for the dictionary are sent via CD, or secure http-transfer.
- Dictionary content is research driven, primarily confined to products reported by users from North America
- New codes and formulation changes are assigned only as they are encountered
- Does not define dosage form and dose for all entries
*AHFS Pharmacologic-Therapeutic Classification used with permission. Copyright ©1997-2016, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.