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Code System Owner

NameWolters Kluwer
Email address
Phone number+1 855-633-0577
Code System Maintainer (Steward)Name
Email address
Phone number
Code System PublisherName
Email address
Phone number
Code System NamesFormal name of the code systemMedi-Span Electronic Drug File
Short name of the code systemMED-File
Code System Technical IdentifiersHTA-endorsed URI http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/mdd
HTA-endorsed OID
Other URIs
Other OIDs
Case Sensitive Codes (TRUE/FALSE)TRUE (default value)
Code System InformationLinkhttps://www.wolterskluwer.com/en/solutions/medi-span
Notes"This foundational drug database is the basis for all other Medi-Span content and provides a codified drug dictionary, drug vocabulary, and drug pricing for prescription drugs and medication-based over-the-counter products in the United States.
  • For hospitals, retail pharmacies, payers and drug manufacturers, this database:
    • Provides information to support medication prescribing, medication profiling, clinical screening, pricing research and more
    • Simplifies the process of generic product substitutions
    • Helps increase efficiency by providing quick access to pricing information
  • Flexible options of MED-File are available to meet needs. Options include:
    • Basic:
      • Product names, dose form, route of administration, strength, ingredients
      • Proprietary drug identifiers, including Generic Product Identifier (GPI), Drug Descriptor Identifier (DDID), and Generic Product Packaging Code (GPPC)
      • Data Definition Language (DDL) to facilitate table creation during development
    • Clinical:
      • Basic elements, plus drug name concepts at multiple levels of specificity to support clinicians at different stages in their workflow and detailed ingredient level data
    • Pricing:
      • Basic elements, plus unit and package pricing for multiple drug price types including Average Wholesale Price (AWP), Wholesale Acquisition Price (WAC), Direct Price (DP), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Federal Upper Limit (CMS FUL), Average Average Wholesale Price (AAWP), Generic Equivalent Average Price (GEAP)
    • Complete:
      • A combination of all the elements from the basic, clinical, and pricing options"
Arrangement or agreements with HL7 for use of content
Version management

Code System Copyright, Intellectual Property and LicensingCopyright Statement
Copyright Information
Intellectual Property Information
Licensing InformationRequires licensure
HTA endorsement status (Draft, In review, Endorsed for use, Pending re-endorsement, Retired) ValueIn Review
Assignment date20221027
HTA review statusLast review date
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