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Detailed Drug Facts Label Structure by NDC

This dataset contains details from the Structure Product Labeling documents and NDC assignment of products submitted to FDA for the inclusion in the Online Label Repository.

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“The Structured Product Labeling (SPL) is a document markup standard approved by Health Level Seven (HL7) and adopted by FDA as a mechanism for exchanging product and facility information.” (1) “Structured Product Labeling (SPL) is a Health Level Seven (HL7) standard based on Clinical Document Architecture and HL7 Reference Information Model (RIM) accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the exchange of product information.
Structured Product Labeling documents include a header and body. The header includes information about the document such as the type of product, author and versioning. The body of the document includes product information in both structured text and data element formats. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses SPL documents to exchange information covering a growing number of product related topics.” (2)

“With the exception of the billing unit data in the NDC SPL Data Elements (NSDE) document, this file is generated from SPL documents sent to FDA for inclusion in the FDA Online Label Repository at labels.fda.gov. The information in the SPL documents is for products in final marketed form. … Inclusion of information in the NSDE does not indicate that FDA has verified the information provided. The content of the information is the responsibility of the author of the SPL document. The author is designated in the SPL document and may be either a manufacturer, including a repackager or relabeler, or, for products subject to private labeling arrangements, the entity under whose own label or trade name the product will be distributed. Assignment of a National Drug Code (NDC) or National Health Related Item Code (NHRIC) does not in any way denote FDA approval of the product. Any representation that creates an impression of official approval because of possession of an NDC or NHRIC number is misleading and constitutes misbranding. Neither inclusion in the NSDE nor possession of an NDC number is a determination that a product is a drug as defined by the FD&C Act, nor does either denote that a product is covered or eligible for reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid or other payers.” (3)

“On October 31, 2005, FDA stated that SPL in extensible markup language (XML) format is the only electronic format for content of labeling that CDER can process, review, and archive. This also applied to annual report submissions. Currently, the content of labeling must be submitted to CBER in electronic format (21 CFR § 601.14; see also guidance for industry: Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format-Content of Labeling). CBER soon will begin recommending that content of labeling be submitted in SPL. SPL is also a key component of Facts@FDA, which makes regulated product information in SPL format publicly available on the National Library of Medicine’s DailyMed Web site and on the FDA Data Standards Council Web site (“Data Standards Web site”). A Health Level Seven (HL7) standard, SPL is used to make possible the electronic exchange of the content of labeling and other regulated product information using the extensible markup language (XML). Specifically, the SPL standard enables the inclusion of indexing elements, which are machine-readable tags that can be added to product labeling to enable users to rapidly search and sort product information.

Indexing the content of labeling with SPL will greatly enhance users’ ability to automatically search and sort product information. The American healthcare community (e.g., federal healthcare agencies, healthcare providers, healthcare professionals, and industry) is working toward the creation of a fully-automated health information system. Eventually, patients, healthcare professionals, and providers will have electronic health records, electronic prescribing systems, and an array of clinical decision support systems and tools at their disposal. Being able to electronically access labeling information and to search and sort that information is an important step toward the creation of a fully automated health information exchange system. Currently, health information suppliers take the information from the content of product labeling to populate databases that are used in clinics and hospitals to help prevent prescribing errors. In the past, much of this information was input by hand. Since October 31, 2005, FDA has been making labeling information for prescription drugs available free of charge on the Internet through the use of SPL. Full-text search of the content of labeling has obvious limitations, however. For example, users searching for hepatotoxicity will miss labelings that use the term liver toxicity. The addition of indexing elements, chosen from standards adopted for use in the healthcare setting, will address this problem.

Once FDA has indexed the content of labeling using SPL, health information suppliers will be able to package indexed information about a product and make it available to healthcare professionals and others through health information systems, such as clinical decision support tools and electronic prescribing systems. In addition, the prescription drug information that FDA already has made available on the Internet will be much more useful, because the indexing elements will enhance user ability to quickly access, search, and analyze the labeling information needed to make critical healthcare decisions. SPL indexing elements are not intended to be used by clinicians in lieu of the full prescribing information, nor do they serve as the basis for product promotional activities. Having consistently and accurately indexed content of labeling also will greatly enhance the safe use of medical products. In July 2006, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that more than 1.5 million people annually are injured due to medication errors. The cost of treating hospital-based medication errors alone is conservatively estimated at more than $3.5 billion annually, and this cost does not include estimates for lost wages and lost productivity.

One source of many errors is prescribing errors, which can result in avoidable adverse drug reactions. For instance, if a patient with asthma is taken to the hospital in an emergency situation for an unrelated physical injury, the SPL indexing elements would enable the hospital to use its computer system to quickly identify all drugs contraindicated in patients with asthma and treat the patient accordingly. Among other benefits, the SPL indexing elements also could enable the hospital’s computer system to ensure that medications prescribed by the hospital to treat the patient’s injury do not adversely interact with other medications that the patient is taking to treat his or her asthma. In short, the SPL indexing elements, when coupled with other computer technologies, will provide patients and healthcare providers with better and more timely access to important healthcare information.

Finally, indexing the content of labeling directly supports FDA’s mission, because this effort will help Americans “get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines … to improve their health.” Indexing also addresses a recommendation in the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 report on drug safety, which identified the need for improved communication between FDA and the public about drug safety and efficacy information.10 SPL indexing will greatly facilitate this communication by helping create a more robust nationwide system for promoting the safe and effective use of drugs.”(4)


1. US Food and Drug Administration, F.D.A. (2016). FDA.gov. Retrieved 15 April, 2016.
2. USDHHS et al. (2016). Structured Product Labeling (SPL) Implementation Guide with Validation Procedures. (Version 1 Revision 201601140739 ed.). Retrieved 15 April, 2016.
3. US Food and Drug Administration, F.D.A. (2016). FDA.gov. Retrieved 15 April, 2016.
4. Us Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.D.H.H.S. (2008). Guidance for Industry Indexing Structured Product Labeling . (2nd ed.). US: Food and Drug Administration.

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Drug Facts, Prescription Label, NDC, NDC Number, SPL, National Drug Code, Product Labels, Structured Products, Detailed Drug Labels

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NSDE, CMS PDE Editing, Structured Product Labeling, Product Labels by NDC, Prescription Label and National Drug Code, Drug facts Label by NDC, Detailed Drug Label Information

Data Fields

Name Description Type Constraints
CodeItem code. This column includes three segments National Drug Codes (NDC), two or three segment National Health Related Item Codes (NHRIC) or the facility and product description International Society of Blood Transfusion codes (ISBT).string-
NDC11The NDC11 is a transformed version of the segmented NDC code using the algorithm defined by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). Three segment NHRIC codes have also been transformed following the same algorithm. Two segment NHRIC and ISBT codes have not been transformed.string-
Proprietary_NameProprietary name. Also known as the trade name. It is the name of the product chosen by the author.string-
Dosage_FormThis column contains the dosage form as manufactured.string-
Marketing_CategoryThe author chooses a category that most closely describes the FDA regulations for marketing the product.string-
Application_Number_Or_CitationSome types of marketing categories may be associated with FDA assigned numbers (e.g., NDA123456) or regulatory citations (e.g., part348).string-
Product_TypeThe author chooses a type that most closely describes the product (e.g., Vaccine) associated with the SPL document.string-
Marketing_Start_DateThis is the date the author indicates when it started marketing the packaged product.date-
Marketing_End_DateThis is the expiration date of the last lot distributed. Products that are actively being marketed will not have a marketing end date. Products that are no longer manufactured may have a future end marketing date for the expiration of the last lot distributed.date-
Billing_UnitThe National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) developed the Billing Unit Standard to assist in consistent and accurate billing of pharmaceutical products. Information on the NCPDP Billing Unit Standard may be found at http://www.ncpdp.org/PDF/BUS_overview.pdfdisclaimer icon. This column may contain a NCPDP Billing Unit (GM, ML or EA).stringenum : Array ( [0] => EA [1] => ML [2] => GM )

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CodeNDC11Proprietary NameDosage FormMarketing CategoryApplication Number Or CitationProduct TypeMarketing Start DateMarketing End DateBilling Unit
16714-331-0416714033104LeflunomideTABLETANDAANDA091369HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2011-05-062018-10-17
16714-343-0116714034301clonidine hydrochlorideTABLETANDAANDA091368HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2013-02-042015-10-31
16714-420-0616714042006Duloxetine Hydrochloride 20 mgCAPSULE, DELAYED RELEASEANDAANDA202949HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2014-06-092015-05-26
16714-502-0216714050202FluocinonideOINTMENTANDAANDA075008HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2016-08-15GM
16714-685-0116714068501SimvastatinTABLET, FILM COATEDANDAANDA077691HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2006-12-20EA
16714-782-0316714078203Clobetasol PropionateOINTMENTANDAANDA208933HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2018-05-01GM
16729-048-5416729004854TemozolomideCAPSULEANDAANDA201528HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2017-03-07EA
16729-156-1516729015615simvastatinTABLET, FILM COATEDANDAANDA078155HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2014-09-12EA
16729-218-1616729021816ClopidogrelTABLET, FILM COATEDANDAANDA202925HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG2014-01-21EA