This resource is primarily used for the identification and definition of a medication. It covers the ingredients and the packaging for a medication.

0. References

1. Read

Return a single Medication for the specified id.

All requests SHALL contain a valid ‘Authorization’ header and SHALL contain an ‘Accept’ header. The `Accept` header indicates the format of the response the client is able to understand, this will be one of the following application/json+fhir or application/xml+fhir.

1.1. Response

A full set of response codes can be found here API Response Codes. FHIR Servers SHALL support the following response codes:

200 successful operation
404 resource not found
410 resource deleted

Search Medication resources. Returns a bundle of all Medication resources for the specified search criteria.

All requests SHALL contain a valid ‘Authorization’ header and SHALL contain an ‘Accept’ header. The `Accept` header indicates the format of the response the client is able to understand, this will be one of the following application/json+fhir or application/xml+fhir.

2.1. Search Parameters

This implementation guide outlines some suggested search parameters for the Medication resource in the table below. To be conformant, provider systems are required to implement all of the SHALL parameters. Provider systems may implement the full list of search parameters for the Medication resource (HL7 FHIR DSTU2 Medication).


Name Type Description Conformance Path
code token Codes that identify this medication MAY Medication.code

2.1.1. code

See token for details on this parameter. ‘code’ can be used multiple times as a search parameter

system is a uniform resource identifier which defines which CodeSystem the code belongs to. This is optional and if not present all matching codes will be returned regardles of CodeSystems.

To search for Medications with Insulin glulisine 100units/ml solution for injection 3ml pre-filled disposable devices using SNOMED CT

GET [baseUrl]/Medication?code=http://snomed.info/sct|10097211000001102

Return all Medication resources with SNOMED CT code of 10097211000001102.
GET [baseUrl]/Medication?code=10097211000001102

Return all Medication resources with code of from any CodeSystem.

2.2. Search Response

If the search fails (cannot be executed, not that there is no matches), the return value is a status code 4xx or 5xx with an OperationOutcome.

If the search succeeds, the return content is a Bundle with type = searchset containing the results of the search as a list of resources in a defined order. The result list can be long, so servers MAY use paging. If they do, they SHALL use this Paging method for breaking the list into pages if appropriate. The server MAY also return an OperationOutcome resource with additional information about the search; if one is sent it SHALL NOT include any errors, and it shall be marked with an entry mode of include.

A full set of response codes can be found here API Response Codes. FHIR Servers SHALL support the following response codes:

200 successful operation
404 resource not found
410 resource deleted

3. Example

3.1 Request Operation

Return Medication resource with a logical id of 48496. Replace ‘baseUrl’ with the actual base Url of the FHIR Server.

3.1.1. cURL

curl -H 'Accept: application/xml+fhir' -H 'Authorization: BEARER [token]' -X GET  '[baseUrl]/Medication/48496'

3.2 Query Response

3.2.1 Http Headers

3.2.2 Http Body