ATC classification of combinations of opioids and other analgesics
The ATC classification of opioids in combination with other analgesics was on the agenda for the International Working Group for Drug Statistics Methodology meeting in October 2015. A proposal to classify all combination of opioids and other analgesics in a new ATC 4th level N02AJ Opioids in combination with non-opioid analgesics was decided. All combinations of opioids and other analgesics will be classified in N02A Opioids, independent of the amount of opioid.
Since the alterations will have implications for many users of the ATC/DDD methodology, the deadline for objections and comments to the temporary alterations in N02A Opioids is extended from 1 February to 15 February 2016.
You will find an overview of the temporary classification below.
Please note that the proposal was published on our website in December 2015 and is available here.
The existing DDDs of the combination products moved to N02AJ, expressed in unit dose (UD), will be kept.
The following new ATC 4th level and 5th levels will be assigned for opioids in combination with non-opioid analgesics:
|Opioids in combination with non-opioid analgesics (new level) N02AJ01
|N02AJ01||dihydrocodeine and paracetamol|
|N02AJ02||dihydrocodeine and acetylsalicylic acid|
|N02AJ03||dihydrocodeine and other non-opioid analgesics|
|N02AJ06||codeine and paracetamol|
|N02AJ07||codeine and acetylsalicylic acid|
|N02AJ08||codeine and ibuprofen|
|N02AJ09||codeine and other non-opioid analgesics|
|N02AJ13||tramadol and paracetamol (previous code N02AX52)|
|N02AJ14||tramadol and dexketoprofen|
|N02AJ17||oxycodone and paracetamol|
|N02AJ18||oxycodone and acetylsalicylic acid|
|N02AJ19||oxycodone and ibuprofen|
Last updated: 2017-02-21