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State Drug Utilization Data FAQs

The questions below provide answers to frequently asked questions about State Drug Utilization Data (SDUD).  If your question is not answered here, please email MDRUtilization@cms.hhs.gov, or reach out to the respective State Technical Contact.

If you have any questions regarding State Drug Utilization Data not addressed in the FAQ, please email MDRUtilization@cms.hhs.gov.

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 State Drug Utilization Data 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.

Page last updated on November 8, 2021

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Why does some State Drug Utilization Data (SDUD) have an asterisk?

As CMS is obligated by the Federal Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552a and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, 45 C.F.R Parts 160 and 164, to protect the privacy of individual beneficiaries and other persons, all direct identifiers have been removed and data that are less than eleven (11) counts are suppressed. An asterisk (*) notes suppressed data. CMS applies counter or secondary suppression in cases where only one prescription is suppressed for primary reasons, e.g. one prescription in a state. Also, if one sub-group (e.g. number of prescription) is suppressed, then the other sub-group is suppressed.

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FAQ ID:91831
Why is there a State column labeled XX when viewed as National Totals in the State Drug Utilization Data (SDUD)?

Since all of the states are combined in the National Totals, the state abbreviation will show on the "National Totals" and "Annual State Detail" option as "XX".

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FAQ ID:91811
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