Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) standards
for Prescription Drug Program (NCPDP) standard transactions
are used for pharmacy drug claims, eligibility and coordination
of benefits. They were selected as part of the code
set standard under HIPAA for the retail pharmacy environment
(instead of the ANSI X12N 278 transaction
use NDC to code drugs and biologics.
Outside the retail pharmacy environment, institutions and
professionals more commonly use HCPCS
to code drugs and biologics.