Teetering Progress

I finally had a chance to be taking this medical app idea forward today. It’s been quite frustrating because I’ve got a few projects going on which are all basically complete bar the shouting, and they all seemed to want a little bit of attention, all at once.

I pulled out the list of NHS medications (that’s a wavy definition, drugs and devices, commonly known as md + d) and stripped everything out, until I was just left with a list of names. Would you believe that, in the UK, there are 21,500 of them? I suppose I should add a just in there, because these meds serve 70 million of us. That’s just generic names like paracetamol, none of the specific brand names like panadol. Interested?

Oh, and this list gets updated every week, so I pity the poor sod… But I can’t imagine it changes much.

God knows what order these names are in – no doubt I’ll find out – but I just published this copy as a Word document so you can search and scroll etc. if the fancy takes you.

I bet to everyone else this is dull as ditchwater!

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

5 thoughts on “Teetering Progress”

    1. You want to know why healthcare is so expensive? I could’ve bought a subscription someplace and it would have cost thousands, but instead I took a couple of hours out to build my own from what, at its core, is public data.

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    1. Gosh. I expect this list is pretty typical of most first-world countries, although I expect it has also mushroomed over the post-war years. The list of branded meds was something like 6x larger, which again I found quite surprising because I’d have thought that common meds would be manufactured by 20 or 30 different companies.

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