PHILADELPHIA, December 11, 2013
Elsevier's Gold Standard is the first drug database to include CMS's survey-based pricing, making it the most comprehensive source for drug price benchmarks
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that, effective November 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) survey-based price type, National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) is included for all available drugs where applicable in Elsevier's Gold Standard Drug Database and web-based solutions, ProspectoRx and RxPrice Verify.
CMS invested in NADAC, which is based on a monthly voluntary survey of randomly selected pharmacies nationwide. NADAC was created in order to provide Medicaid agencies with a better estimate of prices paid by pharmacies for drugs, which would be based upon actual drug purchases. The NADAC file is updated on a weekly basis and each month a new survey file is posted to reflect findings from the previous month's survey results. Elsevier publishes both the weekly price type file and monthly file.
"NADAC is another option for a new drug price benchmark that our customers, and the industry as a whole, may decide to use," said Kay Morgan, Vice President of Drug Products and Industry Standards, Elsevier. "We at Elsevier strive to provide the most accurate and continuously updated data for our users."
Elsevier's Gold Standard Drug Database pricing file is the only compendia that continues to publish Average Wholesale Price (AWP), along with several other price types: Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), Direct Price (DP), Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), CMS Federal Upper Limit (CMS-FUL), Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC), and Predictive Acquisition Cost (PAC). Elsevier's drug pricing database delivers the most up-to-the-minute data available via web-based solutions, ProspectoRx and RxPrice Verify.
For more information about Elsevier's Gold Standard, visit http://www.goldstandard.com.
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Director, Corporate Relations, Elsevier