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Identifying indications for drugs in drug package inserts.
Linking drugs and their indications can help improve the quality of electronic medical records (EMRs) and facilitate clinical decision support. We investigate an automatic approach to extraction of indications for marketed drugs from drug package inserts. Our aim is to build a reference table that associates medications and their indications. This resource could facilitate maintenance of medication and problem lists in the EMR. We are developing modules for downloading drug package inserts from the DailyMed site, parsing the XML file for each drug, and submitting the resulting texts to MetaMap. All relevant information will be represented by codes from standard terminology systems.