Ed Edelstein stated that this is the new over-the-counter version of Nicorette. The product that contains 108 pieces also contains an audiotape. The Nicorette 48 does not contain an audiotape. The question is, is the one with the audiotape a "kit" and the one without the tape an "each." Ed Edelstein stated that the core 9 - NDC number is the same for both items. The work group recommended that the unit of measurement for these items stay as 48 each and 108 each, and to call the audiotape a package insert.
Ed Edelstein stated that the drug compendia's do not match the package quantity sizes on the HCFA database, which occurs when you have metric decimal. Ed Edelstein gave several examples of the discrepancies. Ed Edelstein volunteered to match all of the metric decimal quantities on First Data Bank's database against the HCFA reported quantities and to contact the manufacturers to see what they have on their label.
Ed Edelstein reported that Lisa Norton submitted a report with 193 NDC's with unit of measurement discrepancies between the HCFA file and her product/pricing database. Ed Edelstein contacted several manufacturers to discuss several discrepancies specific to their products. The manufacturers then contacted HCFA, which in turn stated that they would change to the appropriate unit of measure. Intron from Schering, is a powdered filled vial and should be "each." However, Schering contacted HCFA and after discussion, the decision was to leave it as is. Ed Edelstein stated that Goldline was willing to change amoxicillin and penicillins to "ml's" from "eaches". Rugby's discrepancies have been addressed and corrected. Ed Edelstein stated that those products that can be corrected by the manufacturer will be, however, there will be a period of adjustment. Both Ed Edelstein and Linda Schock agreed to continue working on this effort.