New MediSpan Dosage Forms

MediSpan announced the addition of new dosage form codes on Friday, May 31, 2013.  This is significant because MediSpan previously was limited to 99 dosage forms.  The limit was due to the fact that the 6th couplet of the GPI (11th and 12th characters) defined the dosage form and the GPI only contained numbers.

The GPI will officially become an alphanumeric field on July 1, 2013 and that will raise the limit on the total number of dosage forms.  Also, MediSpan will only be using capital letters and the letters I or O will not be used to avoid confusion.  MediSpan has notified systems administrators of these changes; we hope you are prepared.

This update will enable MediSpan to be more flexible with dosage form additions.  MediSpan will add 38 new dosage forms to the drug database however not all of them will be used immediately.  MediSpan will be phasing in GPI changes that will use these new dosage forms.  PHSI works extensively with drug databases and is ready to determine how this may impact you.

3 responses to “New MediSpan Dosage Forms”

  1. Cheryl Pratt says:

    I am trying to find the logic built into the last 4 characters of the GPI code. Is there a document that provides this i.e 2030 means tablets 20 mg.

    • asekula says:

      Cheryl, great question! When looking at the last 4 characters of the GPI (characters 11, 12, 13, and 14) there is only so much that you can do. Characters 11 and 12 will always point to a specific dosage form. The last 2 characters (13 and 14) do not contain any logic. Because drug strengths are not standard, there is no way to define each possible strength as a separate code. Think about all of the strengths available (0.05mg, 0.1mg, 1mg, 5mg, 10mg, 100mg, 200mg, 1g, 0.05%, 0.5%, 1%, 2%, etc.) and you will see that it would be very difficult to code. The best you can do with the last 4 characters of the GPI is determine the dosage form and how many different strengths there are. You need either the GPI-14 description or a strength field to identify the actual strength. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance!

  2. asekula says:

    We lost Cheryl’s additional request. Our response is as follows:

    The GPI is a proprietary field and intellectual property of Medi-Span. As a subscriber, PHSI cannot supply you with the information requested. If you are a subscriber to Medi-Span, please contact the directly for this information. If you are not a subscriber, you may want to consider a subscription based upon your business needs. MediSpan’s customer service line is 800-388-8884. Thanks for your inquiry.

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