Comments on: Branded and Generic medication compared Extract tables from PDFs and scrape the web Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:12:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Leonisha Barley Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:13:37 +0000 Hi Tony
Glad you’re finding my posts useful, and thanks for the link.

By: Tony Hirst Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:03:33 +0000 Re: the manufacturers, some company names seem to appear in elements of TRUD > NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices > NHSBSA dm+d .

By: Tony Hirst Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:46:42 +0000 Hi Leonisha

Thanks for clarifying that… I never put the time into the prescribing data to be able to look at it in anyway sensibly, but your posts are giving me plenty of cribs for next time I do have a play:-)

And your last comment suggests a handy little function around the BNF: for a given formulation, get a list of branded/unbranded alternatives.

Thanks again:-)

By: Leonisha Barley Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:05:44 +0000 Hi Tony,
Thanks for the comment.
In my first blog post I explained that each medication had a unique BNF Code and if the product is branded but had a generic alternative the 14th and 15th digit of it’s BNF code match that of it’s generic equivalent.
Therefore I filtered down the products to display the branded products that had a generic equivalent available. Then I did my own research on google for the generic version of the branded product.
No sorry, I haven’t been able to find a list that matches branded drugs to manufacturer/pharmaceutical company.

By: Tony Hirst Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:29:27 +0000 Hi Leonisha –

Interesting post. Did you find a list of branded/generic equivalences, or were the mappings you used based on desk research of your own?

Something I keep wondering about is the distribution of manufacturer products. I don’t suppose you’ve found an open list that matches branded drugs to manufacturer/pharmaceutical company, have you?