What is an NDC Number and how do i look up an NDC number?
NDC is an acronym for National Drug Code (NDC). It is a unique, three-segment 10 digits number used to identify drug products. The first segment of the code assigned by FDA represents the establishment. The second and third segments are assigned by the labeler of the product. As a drug establishment, you need to provide the FDA with a current list of all drugs manufactured, packaged, prepared, compounded or processed for sale in the US at your facility.
The Food and Drug Administration strives to publish the listed NDC numbers in the NDC Directory which is updated daily. To obtain an NDC Labeler code, the labeler is required to prepare and submit an “NDC Labeler Code Request” to the FDA. Please note that the FDA accepts the request only via ESG or the FDA’s CDER Direct Portal.
The National Drug Code (NDC) is a unique identifier for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It was developed in 1967 and was originally intended to be used by physicians, pharmacists, and insurance companies as a way to track drug use in hospitals. Today, the NDC serves many purposes: it enables pharmacists to check medications against prescriptions and identify potentially dangerous drug interactions; it helps researchers study trends in health care; and it’s even how bar code scanners read product information on packages at the supermarket.