This variable is the identification number for the pharmacy or physicians' office that dispensed the drug, as reported by the Part D sponsor on the PDE record submitted to CMS.
This variable can be requested if the CCW Pharmacy Characteristics file is not required.
Note that from 2006-2013, the CCW created a unique CCW pharmacy identifier (variable called CCW_PHARM_ID) from this pharmacy identifier variable on the PDE by cross walking all of the possible identifiers for a unique pharmacy and assigning a CCW_PHARM_ID to represent an individual pharmacy entity.
The CCW_PHARM_ID may be obtained instead of (but not in addition to) the SRVC_PRVR_ID; starting with 2014, the CCW_PHARM_ID is replaced with the NCPDP_ID (and may not be obtained with the SRVC_PRVDR_ID).
Information regarding the information the type of pharmacy identifier that was submitted on the original PDE data is documented in the SRVC_PRVDR_ID_QLFYR_CD variable.