NCPDP Comments

While RxNorm is useful for communication of clinical data for clinical care, the NDC is critical for specific product identification in research, dispensing and administrative workflows. The NDC is the key, unique, product identifier and is the standard of practice used throughout the pharmacy industry to identify the specific product. The industry heavily relies on the NDC in all aspects of its business, including, but not limited to, drug ordering, medication dispensing, reporting, billing, rebates, adverse event reporting and patient safety. RxNorm lacks the specificity required to uniquely identify a product.