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Mesk Othman
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I am trying to develop an Android application based on the Optical Reader technology. The application concept is to use the optical reader to identify different drug names and to display drug details like manufacturer , chemical structure,..etc. The pharmacist would point the camera towards the name of the drug then he would get the details he wants. What interfaces or classes should i use to implement my concept? What do I need specifically to implement my app.Thank you
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Rather than point to a string of characters, is the pharmacist able to point to the drug's barcode ? Have you observed the operation of pharmacies in Walmart or Walgreens ? All of their drugs are bar-coded.
 
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Thank you Roger. I will use the camera to identify a string of characters which is basically the commercial name of the drug. I want to make use of the available information on the Internet. For example, a medical prescription with a list of drug names may sometimes contain names of drugs that are unknown to the pharmacist. This is where my application comes in handy. The pharmacist would point the camera to the name of the drug, then all information like manufacturer, drug family, chemical structure and so on can appear on the screen. I still have no idea how would I organize the information coming from the Internet,but, this is what I have in mind at the moment. What do you guys think ?
 
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I'm not seeing where " This is where my application comes in handy." since currently all the drugs in any US pharmacy are required to be bar-coded which the pharmacist already has an automated system to manage this information, stock, and re-order, etc.

Are you targeting a US market ?
 
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Thank you again Roger. I am not from the US. Basically I am targeting markets in Yemen, my country, where there are no such systems.
 
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I am basically stuck at two things:
First, I am not sure which Android API I should use.
Second, I don't know how would I organize the information coming from the Internet.
 
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In the US, the National Drug Code is a unique 10-digit, 3-segment numeric identifier assigned to each medication. [A] The labeler code, is 4 or 5 digits long; [B] the product code, is 3 or 4 digits long and identifies a specific strength, dosage form, and formulation; [C] the package code, is 1 or 2 digits long and identifies package forms and sizes.


I would not trust any information on the internet for any drug. Drugs have interactions, and you need to be able to retrieve this interaction from a reliable source (fda.gov is one example).


A person with no allergies can take drug X by itself. The same person could take drug Y by itself. But giving the combination for X+Y could kill or seriously injure that person.


Yemen has no governmental agency that approves drugs for use by the population ?
 
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I never thought of it that way. Anyways, I will try to get more details and I will write here again. Thanks Roger
 
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My point is that it will help pharmacists determine the type of the drug since the commercial name is not known and therefore help pharmacists find the available alternatives with the same chemical structure assuming that the app is connected to a trusted drug information source like an international drug database for instance.
 
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