ThesIS coders have been coding drugs for many years.
Our coders know how to correctly identify each drug being reported. They have an extremely effective process that utilizes source references compiled from years of drug coding to quickly and accurately identify even the most obscure drugs. In addition, we have an extensive proprietary drug dictionary (with origins going back more than two decades) that further helps us identify lesser-known drugs.
ThesIS coders also have an in-depth understanding of WHO Drug. They are intimately knowledgeable about all the WHO Drug formats, and have well-established coding conventions for handling all of the issues that can arise when coding drugs, such as:
- Drugs not found in WHO Drug
- Multiple entries in WHO Drug with the same drug name
- Discrepancies between WHO Drug and published references for the ingredients for a drug
- Multi-ingredient drugs
Furthermore, our coders' well-developed familiarity with the worldwide drug market and of WHO Drug ensures drugs that have very similar names are correctly coded.
ThesIS coders use our powerful thesaurus system, which allows them to view the complete set of information (including all ingredients and ATC codes) provided within WHO Drug for each drug. They can access this information for, as well as code to, all WHO Drug formats (B1, B2 and C).