Releases National Drug Code (NDC) Crosswalk
May 6, 2010
– Encinitas, CA – Work Loss Data Institute (WLDI) has
created a National Drug Code Directory (NDC) Crosswalk, which links NDC
codes with the ODG Workers’ Comp Drug Formulary.
The NDC is a
unique number assigned by the FDA to each drug. This number acts as a
universal product identifier and includes additional information such as
dosage and drug form. Through the new crosswalk, the NDCs are linked
directly to the ODG Drug Formulary, which lists information on Drug Class,
Generic Name, Brand Name, Generic Equivalent and, most importantly,
ODG’s proprietary Preferred Drug Status.
Preferred Drug Status contains a Y if the drug is a preferred drug and an
N if the drug is not a preferred drug. Drugs marked with N are not
recommended as a first-line treatment in ODG based on the evidence-based
recommendations in the chapters from ODG Treatment in Workers’ Comp.
The linking of NDC codes with ODG’s recommendations will streamline the
drug approval process in workers’ compensation cases and take the
guesswork out of finding the correct dosage and generic equivalent.
Crosswalk is available for $4,500 for use with and integration into claims
and pharmacy benefits management systems. The ODG Workers’ Comp Drug
Formulary was released in December 2008 and is included with access to ODG
Treatment on the Web.
The 2010 release in the ODG product line (including
the 15th edition of Official Disability Guidelines and 8th edition
of ODG Treatment in Workers Comp) provides the most up to date
evidence-based medical treatment and disability duration guidelines to
improve as well as benchmark outcomes in workers' compensation and
non-occupational disability. ODG 2010 is based on an aggregate
of over 10 million cases, including CDC and OSHA, referred to as the
"most direct form of evidence that can be offered in court"
under the Federal Rules of Evidence, plus over 2 million medical records
from actual workers’ compensation and disability claims.
more information about ODG, go to www.worklossdata.com
or contact Work Loss Data Institute, publisher of the ODG product line.
WLDI is an independent database development company focused on workplace
health and productivity, based in Encinitas, CA.