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The 6 Annual Release Dates For MedDRA And WHO Drug



In a post from earlier this year, Medical Coding In Argus Safety, Perficient’s Dr. Rodney Lemery discussed how Oracle’s safety and pharmacovigilance (PV) system integrates very nicely with MedDRA and WHO Drug.

Since much of the work our safety and PV team does revolves around Argus Safety, we’re also heavily involved with the installation and versioning of these dictionaries. We’re frequently asked how often new versions of these dictionaries are released and what it takes to upgrade them. The answer is quite simple. 

The English version of MedDRA is realized twice a year – March 1 and September 1. Versions in other languages, (i.e., Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish) are released two weeks after the English version, around March 15 and September 15.

When it comes to WHO Drug, new versions are released quarterly: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

Upgrading to these new versions couldn’t be easier for our cloud hosting customers; upgrades are included in your hosting plan! All you need to do is log a ticket in our application support portal in advance of the upcoming release date. If you forget to log a ticket early, no worries. We’ll take care of you, no matter what.

For organizations that don’t host with us, the process is easy too. Just reach out to schedule an upgrade.

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Eugene Sefanov

Director, Industry and Regional Marketing

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