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[bioontology-support] Question about WHO Drug Dictionary

Michael Dorf mdorf at
Thu Nov 19 14:26:36 PST 2020

Hi Kay,

Thank you for contacting us. Most of the ontologies in our system are being supplied by the user community.  In addition, roughly twice per year we do a bulk import of vocabularies distributed by the UMLS: I don’t believe WHO Drug is part of the UMLS distribution.

If you could provide us with the information on the licensing terms for WHO Drug as well as point us to its source file (we accept ontologies in OWL, OBO, and limited SKOS formats), we would see about potentially including it in our repository.

Thank you,

Michael Dorf
Chief Software Architect
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
Stanford Biomedical Informatics Research
mdorf at<mailto:mdorf at>
O: 650-723-0357
M: 650-995-4374

On Nov 18, 2020, at 7:52 AM, Sweeney, Kay <ksweeney at<mailto:ksweeney at>> wrote:


I was wondering if WHO Drug is utilized in BioPortal, or could be utilized? We are completing a database on children hospitalized for COVID-related complications in the REDCap database system which uses the BioPortal for medical coding.  We’re hoping to code medication names with the WHO Drug dictionary.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


Kay Sweeney, MS
Research Data Manager
Data Operations
480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472
ksweeney at<mailto:ksweeney at>

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