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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Warren Welch

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at
Thu Feb 21 12:19:53 PST 2019

Hi Warren,

I downloaded the two previous versions of the Drug Ontology source files from our system from 2016 and 2015 respectively. I searched the source files for the code “1147902” and found no results. There are no results for this code in the most recent version from 2019 either.

Apologies, but I’m not sure how I can be of assistance here. It looks like we’re serving the correct code from both the BioPortal application, and our REST API.

Kind regards,

On Feb 21, 2019, at 11:41 AM, Welch, Warren <Warren.Welch at<mailto:Warren.Welch at>> wrote:

Hi Jennifer,

We are using an ontology search in REDCap which points to your portal (I’m not sure which url it actually uses). They used to just search for Biotene and then it would come up with 1147902. Sorry, I really don’t have any more detail than that.


From: Jennifer Leigh Vendetti <vendetti at<mailto:vendetti at>>
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM
To: "support at<mailto:support at>" <support at<mailto:support at>>
Cc: Warren Welch <Warren.Welch at<mailto:Warren.Welch at>>
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Warren Welch

Hello Warren,

On Feb 20, 2019, at 8:02 AM, support at<mailto:support at> wrote:
Biotene Dry Mouth is coded as 1147902 seems to have disappeared from the drug ontology search. Is there a substitution or was this eliminated in error?

BioPortal is configured to pull new versions of the Drug Ontology from this URL:

Our application pulled and processed a new version of DRON about a week ago on Feb. 15th (version # "2019-02-15”). It’s unclear to me from your message if you weren’t able to find the class via search, or if you were asking about the code associated with that class.

I downloaded and looked at the content of the ontology source file. The class that you refer to above (with ID is declared with has_RxCUI of 1147905. I don’t see any indication that BioPortal is displaying the code data incorrectly.

Could you please clarify?

Kind regards,


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