February 2013

Using text mining in R for a pharmaceutical product search through provincial formularies in Canada

From time to time I have to check whether one or another pharmaceutical product is reimbursed on a public formulary in Canada. A usual routine is to go on each provincial formulary web site and search either via an online query tool or in a PDF printout of the formulary. One or two drug products make it easy to search across 10 different formularies. However, for a portfolio of 10 products I would rather search only Ontario and Quebec agencies (which probably cover 2/3 of Canadian public) as it is time consuming. And how about searching for 100+ products?