Anatomical Therapeutic Class Codes (ATC Code) The Anatomical Therapeutic
Chemical classification system (ATC) divides drugs into groups according to the
organ or system they act on and their chemical, pharmacological, and therapeutic
properties. ATC codes are searchable in some pharmaceutical databases on DIALOG.
BAN: British Approved Name.
CAS® Registry Number (RN=) : a unique number given to every chemical by the
Chemical Society, used to search for a specific chemical in some Dialog databases.
Clinical Indications: proposed uses for which approved labeling will be sought.
European Pharmaceutical Market Research Association (EPhMRA): the association
that developed the anatomical therapeutic classification scheme used by Pharmaprojects
and IMSWorld databases. Each provider has made changes to the modified scheme.
A field is a distinct part or section of a record. Typical fields in patent
files include patent number, inventor (author), application number, and patent issue
date. Check the Bluesheet since fields vary according to the database.
Hill Order: molecular formula written as carbon first, if present; then hydrogen,
if present; then all other elements in alphabetical order.
INN: International Nonproprietary Name.Generic Name
Laboratory Code: assigned by a research laboratory when a chemical is undergoing
Licensee (/LI, LI=): shows the company and status of drug.
Licensor: the company that discovered the drug
Nomenclature: indicates the propriatory names given to a particular drug
Non-proprietary name: Generic Name.
Originator ( /CO, CO=) : the company that originally developed the drug,
the country of origin, and the status of the drug.
Patent assignee: the person or entity who owns the patent rights.
Patent Family: a group of equivalent patents granted in several countries
for the same invention as a result of applications in those countries, and usually
citing priority applications in common.
Pharmacological Action: describes how a drug works. Vocabulary used to describe
how a drug works often differs from file to file and may even vary within the same
Pharmacokinetics: distribution of a drug in the body and the rates of biotransformation.
Kinetics information includes half-life, absorption, distribution, excretion, metabolism
and analysis of body fluid levels.
Priority Patent Number: patent that issues from a priority patent application.
Therapeutic Class Code: identifies general medical applications under investigation
or broadly defined conditions targeted for treatment.
USAN: U.S. Adopted Name.
USP Dictionary of Drug Names: An alphabetical listing of all U.S. adopted
drug names along with cross references and complete physical nomenclatures.
World Health Organization (WHO): assigns International Nonproprietary Names