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This variable is contained in the following files: Part D Drug Event File
Short SAS Name
DAWPS_CD
SAS Name
DAW_PROD_SLCTN_CD

This field indicates the prescriber's instruction regarding substitution of generic equivalents or order to dispense the specific prescribed medication.

Part D plans generally require pharmacies to use generics or the least expensive version of the prescribed drug.

However, there are times when a prescriber intends for the beneficiary to receive the drug exactly as it is written on the prescription (e.g., to get the brand-name version of a drug). When there are specific instructions from the prescriber, it is indicated in this variable with a value of 1 or greater.

Source: PDE

Comments

This field does not necessarily represent the way the drug was actually dispensed.

CodeCode value
0
No Product Selection Indicated (may also have missing values)
1
Substitution Not Allowed by Prescriber
2
Substitution Allowed - Patient Requested That Brand Product Be Dispensed
3
Substitution Allowed - Pharmacist Selected Product Dispensed
4
Substitution Allowed - Generic Drug Not in Stock
5
Substitution Allowed - Brand Drug Dispensed as Generic
6
Override
7
Substitution Not Allowed - Brand Drug Mandated by Law
8
Substitution Allowed - Generic Drug Not Available in Marketplace
9
Other