OIG: NDC directory is replete with flaws

August 21, 2006

OIG has found that the FDA's National Drug Code Directory, which lists prescription drugs by their NDC number, is neither complete nor accurate. More than 9,000 products are missing, and more than 34,000 are either listed in error or no longer on the market.

OIG: NDC directory is replete with flaws

OIG has found that the FDA's National Drug Code Directory, which lists prescription drugs by their NDC number, is neither complete nor accurate. More than 9,000 products are missing, and more than 34,000 are either listed in error or no longer on the market. OIG gave the agency seven suggestions on how to update its directory. The FDA concurred with OIG's recommendations, adding that it is converting to an electronic listing system for use by drug firms. To access the OIG report, go to http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-05-00060.pdf.

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