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This variable is contained in the following files: Part D Drug Characteristics File, Part D Formulary File
Short SAS Name
BN
SAS Name
BN

This is the brand name of the dispensed PDE, according to the First DataBank (FDB) reference files.

The name that appears on the package label provided by the manufacturer.

When this variable appears in the Formulary file, it is the FDB brand name for a drug product on the formulary.

Comments

In the PDE file, this variable is populated by linking to the proprietary First DataBank MedKnowledge database by matching on the National Drug Code (NDC; variable in the PDE files called the product service identifier PROD_SRVC_ID).

In the Formulary file, this variable is populated by matching the drug products on the Part D Plan submitted formulary to FDB. Part D plan sponsors submit the formulary to the CMS Health Plan Management System (HPMS). Plans identify the drug products on their formularies using the National Library of Medicine RxNorm Concept Unique Identifiers (RXCUIs). Each RXCUI corresponds to a unique brand name and clinical formulation (same ingredients, strength, and dosage form).

Additional details regarding the FDB source data are available at: http://www.fdbhealth.com/fdb-medknowledge/

Source: First DataBank

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