DRUGDEX System Written Into U.S. Code as Reference Compendium.
DENVER--(BW HealthWire)--Oct. 20, 1997--For the first time ever, the DRUGDEX(R) System has been written into the U.S. Code A multivolume publication of the text of statutes enacted by Congress.
Until 1926, the positive law for federal legislation was published in one volume of the Revised Statutes of 1875, and then in each sub-sequent volume of the statutes at large. as a reference compendium for drug use review required under Subchapter XIX, "Grants to States for Medical Assistance Programs."
DRUGDEX is recommended to be used as another standard by which states can evaluate outpatient drug use to ensure that prescriptions are appropriate, medically necessary medically necessary Managed care adjective Referring to a covered service or treatment that is absolutely necessary to protect and enhance the health status of a Pt, and could adversely affect the Pt's condition if omitted, in accordance with accepted and are not likely to result in adverse medical results. In the program, DRUGDEX joins the ranks of widely accepted sources such as the American Hospital Formulary hospital formulary
A compilation of pharmaceuticals and other information that reflects the current clinical judgment of a hospital's medical staff. Service Drug Information.
"The inclusion of DRUGDEX gives states efficient, immediate access to the most comprehensive source of drug information when medications are prescribed for off-label uses Off-label use
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"The inclusion of DRUGDEX in Federal Code is, in effect, the U.S. government's endorsement of our data's universal acceptance and impeccability," said Nancy Sayre, senior vice president, healthcare products, MICROMEDEX. "To my knowledge, this is the first time that a private company's drug information system has been included as a reference standard in code of this nature."
Introduced in 1979, DRUGDEX delivers unbiased drug information for healthcare professionals who prescribe, order, dispense or administer medications, and offers a wide range of information related to drug therapy in the clinical setting.
Headquartered in Denver, Colo., MICROMEDEX is a member of the Thomson Healthcare Thomson Healthcare is one of the five operating divisions of the Thomson Corporation. The division provides information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.
Thomson Healthcare is based in Connecticut with about 2,600 staff around the globe. Information Group and a world renowned provider of the most comprehensive decision support databases available, with knowledge bases in more than 3,000 facilities in 90 countries. -0-
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