Effective April 1, 2018 Jeremy Espino, Director of RODS Laboratory, assumed oversight of the NRDM as Fuchiang (Rich) Tsui accepts position at University of PA/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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Accessing the NRDM via SOAP Webservice

The National Retail Data Monitor is not a closed system.  We have built a SOAP Webservice that allows any other computer to access aggregate over-the-counter (OTC) medication sales on-the-fly.  This web service was featured in our book, "Handbook of Biosurveillance" as the first data utilility in a services oriented architecture for public health.


  • No local data storage. Less maintenance and overhead for IT staff.
  • Always up-to-date.  Retailers often update their sales data days after the initial report.
  • Utilizes the fault tolerant data center at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Programming language independent
  • Loosely coupled service oriented architecture 


  • Requires a programmer and local syndromic surveillance system to implement
  • Requires a programmer knowledgeable about SOAP

If you are interested in accessing the NRDM through your local surveillance system via SOAP contact us (click link above). Recipients of the data sign an agreement that fully describes the use of the data.


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