WHO Drug Dictionary

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The WHO Drug Dictionary is an international classification of medicines created by the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring and managed by the Uppsala Monitoring Centre.[1]

It is used by pharmaceutical companies, clinical trial organizations and drug regulatory authorities for identifying drug names in spontaneous ADR reporting (and pharmacovigilance) and in clinical trials.[2] Created in 1968 and regularly updated, since 2005 there have been major developments in the form of a WHO Drug Dictionary Enhanced (with considerably more fields and data entries) and a WHO Herbal Dictionary, which covers traditional and herbal medicines. Since 2016 all of the WHODrug products have been available in a single subscription service called WHODrug Global.[3]

Dictionary Versions[edit]

Version Release Date
WHODD Version 99.2 March 1998
WHODD 2003 (June) 1 June 2003
WHODD 1 June 2006 1 June 2006
WHODD 1 June 2007 1 June 2007
WHODD 1 June 2008 1 June 2008
WHODD 1 June 2009 1 June 2009

The WHO Drug Dictionary has previously been abbreviated as "WHODRL" and may still be referenced as such.


  1. ^ Lindquist M. Vigibase, the WHO Global ICSR Database System: Basic Facts. Drug Information Journal, 2008, 42:409-419.
  2. ^ Alghabban A. Dictionary of Pharmacovigilance. Pharmaceutical Press, London, 2004.
  3. ^ WHODrug Global web page

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