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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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