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Is there an open database which lists FDA or EMA approvals of drugs for the treatment of specific illnesses?

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Not sure exactly what the question is here.. Yes, openFDA is a database that is free to use, has it's source code on github, and can be queried to find drugs for specific treatments. Part of the api query has a field called "purpose" that should be what you are looking for.

(Github Profile) https://github.com/FDA/openfda (API guide) https://open.fda.gov/drug/label/

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  • I think they are asking about a dataset with drug name and purpose. The truth is that this isn't really available in the SPL cleanly-- only as prose aka not in a structured form. If I remember correctly, I was once able to get this info with a combination of sources using rxmix. Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 1:57
  • Thanks, it seems the data is available in openFDA to be queried.
    – Christian
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 15:27
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You can use Drugs@FDA database: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm.

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  • As far as I can see that database lists drugs but doesn't list the illnesses for which they are approved.
    – Christian
    Commented Aug 31, 2016 at 15:09
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You could potentially use the NIH RxNorm and related tools to help you link an FDA-registered therapy with its purpose. For instance, ATC classification is a mechanism for classifying the therapeutic purpose of a medicine.

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  • If you have your own question don't write it in the answer but ask a new question.
    – Christian
    Commented Nov 24, 2023 at 6:13

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