Though there are other Coding dictionaries available along with MedDRA (ex: COSTART and WHOART), MedDRA dictionary is typically used in the US for Adverse Events coding.
AE\MedDRA coding is not the SAS programmers work; it is usually done by medical coder or database programmer. Coding basically involves a process of finding a dictionary term that matches the verbatim term reported on the CRF, and getting the other related dictionary derived variables useful for the analysis like System Organ Class (SOC), Preferred Term (PT) and Lowest Level Term (LLT), etc.
So the question here comes is what SAS programmer can do in this process.
Here is the Answer….
SAS programmer has to work hard to make this process successful. In other words he is also a key player in this game.
The next SAS programmer duty is to assign the Dictionary derived Term, SOC, LLT and PT to the AE Terms in the AE dataset by merging. (Use Proc SQL or Simple Merge)
MedDRA dictionary gets updated twice a year, so it is important to be aware of the version used for the coding.