Release 4
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This value set ( is defined as part of HL7 v3.


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Version: 2018-08-12 2019-07-31
Name: v3.orderableDrugForm
Title: v3 Code System orderableDrugForm

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This value set includes codes from the following code systems:


This expansion generated 01 Nov 2019 26 Mar 2020

This value set contains 152 concepts

Expansion based on version 2018-08-12 2019-07-31

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Lvl Code Display Definition
0 _AdministrableDrugForm AdministrableDrugForm AdministrableDrugForm
1    APPFUL Applicatorful Applicatorful
1    DROP Drops Drops
2      NDROP Nasal Drops Nasal Drops
2      OPDROP Ophthalmic Drops Ophthalmic Drops
2      ORDROP Oral Drops Oral Drops
2      OTDROP Otic Drops Otic Drops
1    PUFF Puff Puff
1    SCOOP Scoops Scoops
1    SPRY Sprays Sprays
0 _DispensableDrugForm DispensableDrugForm DispensableDrugForm
1    _GasDrugForm GasDrugForm Any elastic aeriform fluid in which the molecules are separated from one another and have free paths.
2      GASINHL Gas for Inhalation Gas for Inhalation
1    _GasLiquidMixture GasLiquidMixture GasLiquidMixture
2      AER Aerosol Aerosol
3        BAINHL Breath Activated Inhaler Breath Activated Inhaler
3        INHLSOL Inhalant Solution Inhalant Solution
3        MDINHL Metered Dose Inhaler Metered Dose Inhaler
3        NASSPRY Nasal Spray Nasal Spray
2      DERMSPRY Dermal Spray Dermal Spray
2      FOAM Foam Foam
3        FOAMAPL Foam with Applicator Foam with Applicator
3        RECFORM Rectal foam Rectal foam
3        VAGFOAM Vaginal foam Vaginal foam
4          VAGFOAMAPL Vaginal foam with applicator Vaginal foam with applicator
2      RECSPRY Rectal Spray Rectal Spray
2      VAGSPRY Vaginal Spray Vaginal Spray
1    _GasSolidSpray GasSolidSpray GasSolidSpray
2      INHL Inhalant Inhalant
3        BAINHLPWD Breath Activated Powder Inhaler Breath Activated Powder Inhaler
3        INHLPWD Inhalant Powder Inhalant Powder
3        MDINHLPWD Metered Dose Powder Inhaler Metered Dose Powder Inhaler
3        NASINHL Nasal Inhalant Nasal Inhalant
3        ORINHL Oral Inhalant Oral Inhalant
2      PWDSPRY Powder Spray Powder Spray
2      SPRYADAPT Spray with Adaptor Spray with Adaptor
1    _Liquid Liquid A state of substance that is an intermediate one entered into as matter goes from solid to gas; liquids are also intermediate in that they have neither the orderliness of a crystal nor the randomness of a gas. (Note: This term should not be used to describe solutions, only pure chemicals in their liquid state.)
2      LIQCLN Liquid Cleanser Liquid Cleanser
3        LIQSOAP Medicated Liquid Soap Medicated Liquid Soap
3        SHMP Shampoo A liquid soap or detergent used to clean the hair and scalp and is often used as a vehicle for dermatologic agents.
2      OIL Oil An unctuous, combustible substance which is liquid, or easily liquefiable, on warming, and is soluble in ether but insoluble in water. Such substances, depending on their origin, are classified as animal, mineral, or vegetable oils.
3        TOPOIL Topical Oil Topical Oil
2      SOL Solution A liquid preparation that contains one or more chemical substances dissolved, i.e., molecularly dispersed, in a suitable solvent or mixture of mutually miscible solvents.
3        IPSOL Intraperitoneal Solution Intraperitoneal Solution
3        IRSOL Irrigation Solution A sterile solution intended to bathe or flush open wounds or body cavities; they're used topically, never parenterally.
4          DOUCHE Douche A liquid preparation, intended for the irrigative cleansing of the vagina, that is prepared from powders, liquid solutions, or liquid concentrates and contains one or more chemical substances dissolved in a suitable solvent or mutually miscible solvents.
4          ENEMA Enema A rectal preparation for therapeutic, diagnostic, or nutritive purposes.
4          OPIRSOL Ophthalmic Irrigation Solution Ophthalmic Irrigation Solution
3        IVSOL Intravenous Solution Intravenous Solution
3        ORALSOL Oral Solution Oral Solution
4          ELIXIR Elixir A clear, pleasantly flavored, sweetened hydroalcoholic liquid containing dissolved medicinal agents; it is intended for oral use.
4          RINSE Mouthwash/Rinse An aqueous solution which is most often used for its deodorant, refreshing, or antiseptic effect.
4          SYRUP Syrup An oral solution containing high concentrations of sucrose or other sugars; the term has also been used to include any other liquid dosage form prepared in a sweet and viscid vehicle, including oral suspensions.
3        RECSOL Rectal Solution Rectal Solution
3        TOPSOL Topical Solution Topical Solution
4          LIN Liniment A solution or mixture of various substances in oil, alcoholic solutions of soap, or emulsions intended for external application.
4          MUCTOPSOL Mucous Membrane Topical Solution Mucous Membrane Topical Solution
4          TINC Tincture Tincture
1    _LiquidLiquidEmulsion LiquidLiquidEmulsion A two-phase system in which one liquid is dispersed throughout another liquid in the form of small droplets.
2      CRM Cream A semisolid dosage form containing one or more drug substances dissolved or dispersed in a suitable base; more recently, the term has been restricted to products consisting of oil-in-water emulsions or aqueous microcrystalline dispersions of long chain fatty acids or alcohols that are water washable and more cosmetically and aesthetically acceptable.
3        NASCRM Nasal Cream Nasal Cream
3        OPCRM Ophthalmic Cream Ophthalmic Cream
3        ORCRM Oral Cream Oral Cream
3        OTCRM Otic Cream Otic Cream
3        RECCRM Rectal Cream Rectal Cream
3        TOPCRM Topical Cream Topical Cream
3        VAGCRM Vaginal Cream Vaginal Cream
4          VAGCRMAPL Vaginal Cream with Applicator Vaginal Cream with Applicator
2      LTN Lotion The term "lotion" has been used to categorize many topical suspensions, solutions and emulsions intended for application to the skin.
3        TOPLTN Topical Lotion Topical Lotion
2      OINT Ointment A semisolid preparation intended for external application to the skin or mucous membranes.
3        NASOINT Nasal Ointment Nasal Ointment
3        OINTAPL Ointment with Applicator Ointment with Applicator
3        OPOINT Ophthalmic Ointment Ophthalmic Ointment
3        OTOINT Otic Ointment Otic Ointment
3        RECOINT Rectal Ointment Rectal Ointment
3        TOPOINT Topical Ointment Topical Ointment
3        VAGOINT Vaginal Ointment Vaginal Ointment
4          VAGOINTAPL Vaginal Ointment with Applicator Vaginal Ointment with Applicator
1    _LiquidSolidSuspension LiquidSolidSuspension A liquid preparation which consists of solid particles dispersed throughout a liquid phase in which the particles are not soluble.
2      GEL Gel A semisolid system consisting of either suspensions made up of small inorganic particles or large organic molecules interpenetrated by a liquid.
3        GELAPL Gel with Applicator Gel with Applicator
3        NASGEL Nasal Gel Nasal Gel
3        OPGEL Ophthalmic Gel Ophthalmic Gel
3        OTGEL Otic Gel Otic Gel
3        TOPGEL Topical Gel Topical Gel
3        URETHGEL Urethral Gel Urethral Gel
3        VAGGEL Vaginal Gel Vaginal Gel
4          VGELAPL Vaginal Gel with Applicator Vaginal Gel with Applicator
2      PASTE Paste A semisolid dosage form that contains one or more drug substances intended for topical application.
3        PUD Pudding Pudding
3        TPASTE Toothpaste A paste formulation intended to clean and/or polish the teeth, and which may contain certain additional agents.
2      SUSP Suspension Suspension
3        ITSUSP Intrathecal Suspension Intrathecal Suspension
3        OPSUSP Ophthalmic Suspension Ophthalmic Suspension
3        ORSUSP Oral Suspension Oral Suspension
4          ERSUSP Extended-Release Suspension Extended-Release Suspension
5            ERSUSP12 12 Hour Extended-Release Suspension 12 Hour Extended-Release Suspension
5            ERSUSP24 24 Hour Extended Release Suspension 24 Hour Extended Release Suspension
3        OTSUSP Otic Suspension Otic Suspension
3        RECSUSP Rectal Suspension Rectal Suspension
1    _SolidDrugForm SolidDrugForm SolidDrugForm
2      BAR Bar Bar
3        BARSOAP Bar Soap Bar Soap
4          MEDBAR Medicated Bar Soap Medicated Bar Soap
3        CHEWBAR Chewable Bar A solid dosage form usually in the form of a rectangle that is meant to be chewed.
2      BEAD Beads A solid dosage form in the shape of a small ball.
2      CAKE Cake Cake
2      CEMENT Cement A substance that serves to produce solid union between two surfaces.
2      CRYS Crystals A naturally produced angular solid of definite form in which the ultimate units from which it is built up are systematically arranged; they are usually evenly spaced on a regular space lattice.
2      DISK Disk A circular plate-like organ or structure.
2      FLAKE Flakes Flakes
2      GRAN Granules A small particle or grain.
2      GUM ChewingGum A sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material of various shapes which when chewed, releases a drug substance into the oral cavity.
2      PAD Pad Pad
3        MEDPAD Medicated Pad Medicated Pad
2      PATCH Patch A drug delivery system that contains an adhesived backing and that permits its ingredients to diffuse from some portion of it (e.g., the backing itself, a reservoir, the adhesive, or some other component) into the body from the external site where it is applied.
3        TPATCH Transdermal Patch Transdermal Patch
4          TPATH16 16 Hour Transdermal Patch 16 Hour Transdermal Patch
4          TPATH24 24 Hour Transdermal Patch 24 Hour Transdermal Patch
4          TPATH2WK Biweekly Transdermal Patch Biweekly Transdermal Patch
4          TPATH72 72 Hour Transdermal Patch 72 Hour Transdermal Patch
4          TPATHWK Weekly Transdermal Patch Weekly Transdermal Patch
2      PELLET Pellet A small sterile solid mass consisting of a highly purified drug (with or without excipients) made by the formation of granules, or by compression and molding.
2      PILL Pill A small, round solid dosage form containing a medicinal agent intended for oral administration.
3        CAP Capsule A solid dosage form in which the drug is enclosed within either a hard or soft soluble container or "shell" made from a suitable form of gelatin.
4          ORCAP Oral Capsule Oral Capsule
5            ENTCAP Enteric Coated Capsule Enteric Coated Capsule
6              ERENTCAP Extended Release Enteric Coated Capsule Extended Release Enteric Coated Capsule
5            ERCAP Extended Release Capsule A solid dosage form in which the drug is enclosed within either a hard or soft soluble container made from a suitable form of gelatin, and which releases a drug (or drugs) in such a manner to allow a reduction in dosing frequency as compared to that drug (or drugs) presented as a conventional dosage form.
6              ERCAP12 12 Hour Extended Release Capsule 12 Hour Extended Release Capsule
6              ERCAP24 24 Hour Extended Release Capsule 24 Hour Extended Release Capsule
6              ERECCAP Extended Release Enteric Coated Capsule Rationale: Duplicate of code ERENTCAP. Use code ERENTCAP instead.
3        TAB Tablet A solid dosage form containing medicinal substances with or without suitable diluents.
4          ORTAB Oral Tablet Oral Tablet
5            BUCTAB Buccal Tablet Buccal Tablet
6              SRBUCTAB Sustained Release Buccal Tablet Sustained Release Buccal Tablet
5            CAPLET Caplet Caplet
5            CHEWTAB Chewable Tablet A solid dosage form containing medicinal substances with or without suitable diluents that is intended to be chewed, producing a pleasant tasting residue in the oral cavity that is easily swallowed and does not leave a bitter or unpleasant after-taste.
5            CPTAB Coated Particles Tablet Coated Particles Tablet
5            DISINTAB Disintegrating Tablet A solid dosage form containing medicinal substances which disintegrates rapidly, usually within a matter of seconds, when placed upon the tongue.
5            DRTAB Delayed Release Tablet Delayed Release Tablet
5            ECTAB Enteric Coated Tablet Enteric Coated Tablet
6              ERECTAB Extended Release Enteric Coated Tablet Extended Release Enteric Coated Tablet
5            ERTAB Extended Release Tablet A solid dosage form containing a drug which allows at least a reduction in dosing frequency as compared to that drug presented in conventional dosage form.
6              ERTAB12 12 Hour Extended Release Tablet 12 Hour Extended Release Tablet
6              ERTAB24 24 Hour Extended Release Tablet 24 Hour Extended Release Tablet
5            ORTROCHE Lozenge/Oral Troche A solid preparation containing one or more medicaments, usually in a flavored, sweetened base which is intended to dissolve or disintegrate slowly in the mouth.
5            SLTAB Sublingual Tablet Sublingual Tablet
4          VAGTAB Vaginal Tablet Vaginal Tablet
2      POWD Powder An intimate mixture of dry, finely divided drugs and/or chemicals that may be intended for internal or external use.
3        TOPPWD Topical Powder Topical Powder
4          RECPWD Rectal Powder Rectal Powder
4          VAGPWD Vaginal Powder Vaginal Powder
2      SUPP Suppository A solid body of various weights and shapes, adapted for introduction into the rectal, vaginal, or urethral orifice of the human body; they usually melt, soften, or dissolve at body temperature.
3        RECSUPP Rectal Suppository Rectal Suppository
3        URETHSUPP Urethral suppository Urethral suppository
3        VAGSUPP Vaginal Suppository Vaginal Suppository
2      SWAB Swab A wad of absorbent material usually wound around one end of a small stick and used for applying medication or for removing material from an area.
3        MEDSWAB Medicated swab Medicated swab
2      WAFER Wafer A thin slice of material containing a medicinal agent.