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Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) Classification – World Health Organization

ATC/DDD Toolkit

The system has fourteen main anatomical or pharmacological groups (1st level). The ATC 1st levels are shown in the figure.
 
Pharmacological or Therapeutic subgroup
 
Chemical, Pharmacological or Therapeutic subgroup
 
Chemical substance

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th levels are often used to identify pharmacological subgroups when that is considered more appropriate than therapeutic or chemical subgroups.
The complete classification of metformin illustrates the structure of the code:
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Thus, in the ATC system all plain metformin preparations are given the code A10BA02.
For the chemical substance, the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) is preferred. If INN names are not assigned, USAN (United States Adopted Name) or BAN (British Approved Name) names are usually chosen.
The coding is important for obtaining accurate information in epidemiological studies. The five different levels allow comparisons to be made at various levels according to the purpose of the study.

Medicinal substances are classified according to their main therapeutic use on the basic principle of only one ATC code for each medicinal product (as defined by route of administration and in some cases strength).
In many ATC main groups, pharmacological groups have been assigned on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th levels allowing drugs with several therapeutic uses to be included, without specifying the main indication. For example, calcium channel blockers are classified in the pharmacological group C08 (see classification of verapamil below), which avoids specifying whether the main indication is coronary heart disease or hypertension.

Medicinal substances frequently have several ATC codes for various routes of administration with different therapeutic uses, for example products that contain prednisolone as a single ingredient have eight different ATC codes according to the indication (systemic and various local application formulations).
A few medicinal substances have different ATC codes assigned for different strengths of the pharmaceutical formulation. For example, low strength finasteride tablets used for treatment of baldness are classified under D11AX Other dermatologicals and the high strength tablets used for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are classified under G04C Drugs used in BPH.
The challenge occurs when a medicinal product (same strength and route of administration) is approved and used for two or more equally important indications, and the main therapeutic use differs from one country to another. This will often give several classification alternatives and the main indication is decided by the WHO International Working Group for Drug Statistics Methodology on the basis of available literature and a qualified assumption of the most prevalent indication worldwide. Such drugs are usually only given one code and this may be a problem for users in countries where other uses are predominant.
Medicinal products containing two or more active ingredients are regarded as combinations in the ATC classification system and given different ATC codes from the product with a single component (one active ingredient).

Click here to learn about Classification of Combination Drugs
The WHO Collaborating Centre in Oslo establishes new entries in the ATC classification on requests from the users, e.g. pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies and researchers
Find the application form here!

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