RxNorm Mysteries Revealed: Fundamentals, Uses, Mapping and Maintenance

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-18-036-H04-P
Activity Date
: November 12, 2018
Expiration Date: November 12, 2021
Activity Type:
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available

Accreditation for Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for pharmacists with an interest in application of RxNorm.

Activity Overview

RxNorm, produced by The National Library of Medicine, is part of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) that integrates standards, coding, terminology, classifications to create and maintain interoperable electronic health records. Learn the fundamental background and maintenance of RxNorm, its uses, files and mapping, and why it is necessary and important for interoperability between EHRs.

Learning Objectives

  • List the three main files that comprise RxNorm and how they relate to each other.
  • Explain how to use RxNorm to map medication data between an IV workflow system and a pump library.
  • Describe ongoing changes in RxNorm that require regular maintenance of the relationship between a formulary and RxNorm.

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Discuss the fundamental background and maintenance of RxNorm.
  • Discuss efforts to improve, create, and maintain interoperable electronic health records.

Faculty Information

  • Dennis A. Tribble, Pharm.D, FASHP, Director, Healthcare Industry Operations, BD, Daytona Beach, FL


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, ASHP requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships. A person has a relevant financial relationship if the individual of his or her spouse/partner has a financial relationship (e.g. employee, consultant, research grant recipient, speakers bureau, or stockholder) in any amount occurring the in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services may be discussed in the educational activity content over which the individual has control. The existence of these relationships is provided for the information of participants and should not be assumed to have an adverse impact on the content.

In keeping with this requirement, ASHP ask that all faculty, advisory board members, planning committee members, content development consultants, and staff complete a disclosure form for each program in which they are involved. Anyone who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships must be disqualified from any involvement with a continuing pharmacy education activity.

  • Faculty, planner, ASHP Staff and consultants report no relevant financial relationships pertinent to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of recorded faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the entire activity and complete all the required components to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts to claim and view or print the statement of credit immediately or within 60 days of completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned.

System Technical Requirements

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