Federal Medication Terminologies

The Federal Medication (FedMed) interagency collaboration is organizing an agreed set of standard, comprehensive, freely and easily accessible Federal Medication Terminologies (FMT) to improve the exchange and public availability of medication information. FedMed is a joint effort of these Federal partner agencies:

The FedMed resources and related standards encompass medication and ingredient names, codes, routes of administration, dosage forms, units of presentation, mechanisms of action, physiologic effects, and structure. Participating agencies currently provide the following FMT components and related products:

The release directory includes MED-RT Documentation, a Release Notes, and other information. Two FMT-related SPL subsets of MED-RT, also described and accessible on the FDA Terminology Web page, are:

Mechanism of Action (Excel or text); and

Physiologic Effect (Excel or text); and

The new Medication Reference Terminology (MED-RT) is released by the VHA as the replacement for and the evolutionary successor to NDF-RT.  See the Introduction to MED-RT for more information.

The initial FMT terminology set has been endorsed by U.S. Federal standards efforts including the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI), the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An overview of the FMT goals, directions, and components is available in a jointly developed PowerPoint presentation. The FedMed partners are working with ONC to develop an Interagency Coordination Group that can support coordination, development, and use of the FMT standards.

Please send questions and support requests to: FedMedHelp@hhs.gov