[Corpora-List] spotting names of drugs

Ken Litkowski ken
Tue Jan 8 18:34:43 CET 2013

The Unified Medical Language System <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/index.html> has all the medical terminology one would ever want. It includes a component, RxNorm <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/umls/rxnorm/index.html>, that provides a pretty thorough starting point for drug names. Although these vast resources are essentially free in the U.S., there may be some restrictions outside the U.S.

On 1/8/2013 10:45 AM, WHITELOCK, Pete wrote:
> I'm interested in the problem of spotting that a particular string
> that's not in one's dictionary is in fact the name of a drug. New
> drugs and their names are being created all the time and it's pretty
> easy as a human to see a string in isolation and see "yeh, that's a
> drug name". Anyone done anything similar to this? I vaguely recall
> some discussion of distinguishing boys' and girls' names (as an
> exercise in some textbook?).
> In addition, does anyone know where to get a list of drug names to use
> as the starting point.
> Thanks for any help
> Pete Whitelock, PhD
> Principal Language Engineer, Technology
> Academic Dictionaries
> Oxford University Press
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