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This variable is contained in the following files:
This field indicates the prescriber's instruction regarding substitution of generic equivalents or order to dispense the specific prescribed medication.
Part D plans generally require pharmacies to use generics or the least expensive version of the prescribed drug.
However, there are times when a prescriber intends for the beneficiary to receive the drug exactly as it is written on the prescription (e.g., to get the brand-name version of a drug). When there are specific instructions from the prescriber, it is indicated in this variable with a value of 1 or greater.
|0||No Product Selection Indicated (may also have missing values)|
|1||Substitution Not Allowed by Prescriber|
|2||Substitution Allowed - Patient Requested That Brand Product Be Dispensed|
|3||Substitution Allowed - Pharmacist Selected Product Dispensed|
|4||Substitution Allowed - Generic Drug Not in Stock|
|5||Substitution Allowed - Brand Drug Dispensed as Generic|
|7||Substitution Not Allowed - Brand Drug Mandated by Law|
|8||Substitution Allowed - Generic Drug Not Available in Marketplace|
This field does not necessarily represent the way the drug was actually dispensed.