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Term: Strength

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2009-03-09


the potency of the drug/chemical, usually measured in metric weight (e.g., micrograms, milligrams, grams) and described as the strength of the product's active (medicinal) ingredient. There are two sources available for identifying the strength of a drug: 1). The Master Formulary file, which uses coding from Health Canada's Drug Product Database (DPD), and 2). the Drug Identification Number (DIN) Master file contains a strength variable (e.g. 250 mg, 250mg/5ml), but this is limited because information is often incomplete (e.g. 250 mg but missing the /5 ml).

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