The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, a standards development organization, has released two new standards for the exchange of information between pharmacy benefit management firms, transactions processors, state agencies and other entities.

The Uniform Healthcare Payer Data Standard is designed to support the sharing of pharmacy claims data used for statistical reporting, evaluation of care, and state or regional reporting. It also establishes an industry standard for all entities sharing historical data.

The Retiree Drug Subsidy Standard is used to transfer drug cost data from one transactions processor or PBM to another processor or PBM. More information is available at


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