Generic Name

SAS Name

This is the generic name of the dispensed PDE, according to the First DataBank (FDB) reference files. It is the drug ingredient name adopted by United States Adopted Names (USAN).

When this variable appears in the Formulary file, it is the FDB generic name for a drug product on the formulary.


FDB uses the chemical name when the USAN name is not available. For multi-ingredient products, abbreviations may be used (e.g., HCTZ [Hydrochlorothiazide] and PP [Phenylpropanolamine]).

In the Formulary file, this variable is populated by matching the drug products on the Part D Plan submitted formulary to FDB. Part D plan sponsors submit the formulary to the CMS Health Plan Management System (HPMS). Plans identify the drug products on their formularies using the National Library of Medicine RxNorm Concept Unique Identifiers (RXCUIs). Each RXCUI corresponds to a unique brand name and clinical formulation (same ingredients, strength, and dosage form).

In the PDE file, this variable is populated by linking to the proprietary First DataBank MedKnowledge database by matching on the National Drug Code (NDC; variable in the PDE files called the product service identifier PROD_SRVC_ID).

Additional details regarding the FDB source data are available at:

Source: First DataBank

text description of drug (e.g., RISEDRONATE SODIUM, MEMANTINE HCL)