PharmE® Waste Wizard® allows you to look up a product by NDC
number, by product name, by generic name, or by ingredient. Our goal is to make it easy to find products and have
the Wizard work as intuitively as possible. However, in case you
have a detailed question or are simply interested in the inner workings
of the database, we describe the actual search logic here.
The simplest way to find a product
is to directly enter in the NDC number. You can enter an NDC number
as it appears on the product, with or without entering the hyphens. Most NDC
numbers carry a "NNNNN-NNNN-NN" format, and you can enter the full
NDC number although it is not necessary to enter leading zeroes
in any component of the NDC number.
Note that while most products have
the NDC format shown above, a few products are identified by a
UPC based format such as "NNNNN-NNNNN". To find these products
you should enter the NDC number as presented by the manufacturer,
although in these cases you need to enter all the digits to the
right of the hyphen.
The Wizard also allows you to enter
the first two portions of an NDC and omit the third portion. In
this case, it will return a list of all NDCs within that base NDC
and ask you to select the particular product you are looking for.
You can look up a product by the name
as it appears on the packaging. This name may be a brand name, such as "Coumadin" or the actual
generic name of a drug, if that's how it's packaged, such as "warfarin."
You can also look up a product by the generic name of any of its active ingredients. If a product has
multiple active ingredients, you can look it up by any of those ingredients.
In all cases, you only need to enter the beginning of the
name. If multiple products match the name, the system will prompt you with a list of products to
allow you to easily select the specific product you are looking for.
You decide! You can enter your search criteria in either upper or lower
case. The system will find matching products no matter how they're stored on the database.
Some searches can produce a long list of results.
You can shorten this list by entering the beginning of the manufacturer's name or by entering the numeric portion of