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Pharmacy Pricing

View, filter, sort, visualize, and share Pharmacy Pricing Data available on Data.Medicaid.gov. Export data in a variety of formats including Excel.

Federal Upper Limit

We calculate the Affordable Care Act Federal Upper Limit (FUL) data according to the Medicaid Covered Outpatient Drug final regulation with comment. We update FUL values monthly, and they are effective on the first day of the month following the publication. States have up to 30 days after the effective date to implement the FUL. Further information on the FUL program can be found on the Federal Upper Limit page.

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For questions about the Federal Upper Limit program or data, please e-mail FUL@cms.hhs.gov.

National Average Drug Acquisition Cost

We update the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) data and comparison data weekly. Each month we post new data, including findings from the previous month’s survey and weekly price changes that have occurred before the release of the next month’s NADAC data. For more information on the fields in the NADAC data, please review the NADAC Data Field Definitions. Find more NADAC information on the Survey of Retail Prices page. 

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National Average Drug Acquisition Cost Comparison Data

This comparison data, published on a weekly basis, identifies drug products with current NADAC rates that have been replaced with new rates since the current NADAC weekly reference file was posted. This file will not be inclusive of all new and terminated NDCs. For more information on the data fields used in the weekly comparison, please review the NADAC Week to Week Data Field Definitions.

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First Time National Average Drug Acquisition Cost Rates

This table lists first time NADAC rates for drug products that have not had a NADAC rate previously. It augments the weekly published NADAC data and comparison files. These drug products have been incorporated in the weekly NADAC data and comparison files. The purpose of these files is to highlight those drug products that have not had a NADAC rate in the past. This table will be updated monthly with previous monthly listings available. 
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Pricing Comparison for Blood Disorder Treatments

This pricing comparison table illustrates the relationship of published pricing benchmarks commonly used by state Medicaid agencies and the Medicare program for ingredient cost reimbursement of blood disorder products to the average acquisition cost (AAC) for these products.

Although these specialty blood disorder products are not required to be reimbursed at AAC, CMS believes that this table will be helpful for states to use for analyzing, understanding and monitoring the relationship of AAC pricing to commonly used pricing benchmarks.

When evaluating the adequacy of total Medicaid reimbursement for blood disorder product claims, the professional dispensing fee should be adequate to assure access consistent with 1902(a)(30)(A). Guidance to states concerning Medicaid coverage and reimbursement for clotting factors, anti‐hemophilia drugs and other services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries with blood disorders can be found in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program Notice, State Release No. 182.

When proposing a change to a reimbursement methodology, state Medicaid programs are required to submit a State Plan Amendment (SPA) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval.

This table will be updated semi-annually.

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For questions about the National Average Drug Acquisition Cost program or data and Blood Disorder Treatment, please e-mail info@mslcrps.com

Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided on this web page does not bind or obligate the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The statements included on this web page are intended to provide information on the Federal Upper Limit and National Average Drug Acquisition Cost programs and do not in any way revise or modify the requirements set forth in Section 1927 of the Act, the national drug rebate agreement (NDRA), subsequent program releases, or regulations. Additionally, Blood Disorder Treatment pricing comparisons are not intended to be utilized for direct reimbursement to providers. They are intended for analyzing, understanding and monitoring the relationship of AAC pricing to commonly used pricing benchmarks.

Page last updated on May 12, 2022