What does NDC stand for?
NDC stands for National Drug Code, which is a coding system created by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) to identify all human drugs. According to the FDA, registered drug
establishments are required "to provide the Food and Drug Administration with a current list of
all drugs manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed by it for commercial
distribution." Each drug is assigned a unique, three-segment number - the NDC - which is
intended to be a universal product identifier. NDCs and their accompanying information
submitted as part of the FDA coding process become part of a database called the Drug
Registration and Listing System, which is maintained by the FDA. NDCs are required as a result
of the federal Drug Listing Act of 1972.
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