Substance Specification

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The detailed description of a substance, typically at a level beyond what is used for prescribing.


Any pharmaceutical product or combination of pharmaceutical products that may be administered to human beings (or animals) for treating or preventing disease, with the aim/purpose of making a medical diagnosis or to restore, correct or modify physiological functions.

A Medicinal Product may contain in the packaging one or more manufactured items and one or more pharmaceutical products. In certain regions a Medicinal Product may also be defined as any substance or combination of substances which may be used to make a medical diagnosis.

This applies to proprietary medicinal products for human use intended to be placed on the market and to industrially manufactured medicinal products, the marketing of which has been authorized by a Medicines Regulatory Agency. However, the provisions do not apply to:
(i) medicinal products prepared according to prescription (e.g. prepared in a pharmacy from a prescription intended for a specific patient)
(ii) medicinal products prepared in accordance with an official formula (e.g. prepared in a pharmacy in accordance with the instructions in a pharmacopoeia and intended to be given direct to the patient by the pharmacy)
(iii) medicinal products intended for research and development trials intermediate products intended for subsequent processing by an authorized manufacturer.

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FHIR, HL7, Medical Terminology, Processes Data, Processes Information, Processes Documentation, Health Information Exchange, Electronic Health Records, FHIR Smart, Smart on FHIR

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FHIR Substance Specification Resource, Electronic Health Records Exchange Through FHIR

Concept_NameName of the concept in the FHIR structurestringrequired : 1
Computer_Ready_NameA Computer-ready name (e.g. a token) that identifies the structure - suitable for code generation. Note that this name (and other names relevant for code generation, including element & slice names, codes etc) may collide with reserved words in the relevant target language, and code generators will need to handle this.string-
TypeThe type the structure describes.string-
Dollar_RefThe "$ref" string value contains a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) which identifies the location of the JSON value being referenced.string-
DescriptionA free text natural language description of the structure and its usestring-
ItemsThe value of the keyword should be an object or an array of objects. If the keyword value is an object, then for the data array to be valid each item of the array should be valid according to the schema in this value.string-
RequiredThe value of the keyword should be an array of unique strings. The data object to be valid should contain all properties with names equal to the elements in the keyword value.string-
ConstThe value of this keyword can be anything. The data is valid if it is deeply equal to the value of the keyword.string-
SubstanceSpecification_Namename#/definitions/stringThe actual name.
SubstanceSpecification_Nametype#/definitions/CodeableConceptName type.
SubstanceSpecification_Name_name#/definitions/ElementExtensions for name
SubstanceSpecification_comment#/definitions/ElementExtensions for comment
SubstanceSpecification_Moiety_name#/definitions/ElementExtensions for name
SubstanceSpecification_language#/definitions/ElementExtensions for language
SubstanceSpecification_Official_date#/definitions/ElementExtensions for date
SubstanceSpecification_Codecode#/definitions/CodeableConceptThe specific code.
SubstanceSpecification_Code_comment#/definitions/ElementExtensions for comment
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