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The Part D Pharmacy Characteristics file provides information about the pharmacy identified as the source of the drug for each Part D Event (PDE) prescription fill record.

What does this file include? (variable highlights)

Why do researchers request this file?

  • Evaluate medication possession rates by pharmacy type
  • Assess the effect of pharmacy type on clinical outcomes

Special considerations

  • Beginning with the CY2014 file, it is possible to request an unencrypted pharmacy identifier.
  • Researchers who request and are approved by CMS for unencrypted variables will be able to link to third party data for pharmacy characteristics.
Program
Medicare
Category
Privacy Level
Research Identifiable Files