Workers' compensation pharmacy fee schedule - Simple prescription
This data is provided as a service to the workers' compensation community. Please send comments or questions to DWCFeeSchedule@dir.ca.gov.
You may download the current Medi-Cal pharmacy fee rates here (Zip file, 3.11 MB, updated 08/27/2014, with active pharmaceutical ingredient fee rates (updated July 2013) - also available via ftp to www.dir.ca.gov, anonymous login). The file's record layout and instructions are included in the zip file, and may also be viewed here.
You may look up the current price of simple prescriptions by completing the form below and clicking "price". For compound prescription pricing, click here. If you are working from a file with 11 digit NDC numbers, you may use this form, or a form with a single NDC number entry field.
An NDC number is either 10 or 11 digits, made up of three segments (manufacturer/distributor,
drug identifier, package code), with the number of digits in each in segment in
one of the following patterns:
11 digit: 5-4-2
10 digit: 4-4-2, 5-3-2, or 5-4-1
All fields except "nursing home" and "no substitutions" are required
Effective Jan. 6, 2006, the price calculator and the price data file are being updated weekly, as DWC receives updated price data from the Department of Health Care Services.
Note that there was an interruption in posting the weekly files. After the posting of the 01/15/2014 file, the next file posted was dated 03/26/2014. The file posted 03/26/2014 has substantially fewer NDCs than the 01/15/2014 file. We have confirmed with the California Department of Health Care Services that many NDCs were removed from the Medi-Cal file; some were removed as the products are no longer manufactured, others were removed because Medi-Cal no longer pays for the product. This may unfortunately result in a lack of a workers’ compensation fee schedule price for some NDCs.
Workers' compensation pharmaceutical fee schedule — Physician dispensed pharmaceuticals
Updated pharmaceutical price files posted / list of NDCs with price updates for the period September 1, 2011 to March 14, 2012 posted
Due to a delay in the availability of updated Medi-Cal pharmaceutical price data beginning in September of 2011, the Division was unable to post updated pharmaceutical fees for many months. Beginning with the April 11, 2012 data file, the Division of Workers’ Compensation resumed posting weekly price data files for download and for use in the price calculator. The Department of Health Care Services has indicated that beginning May 23, 2012 the weekly pharmaceutical fee data file sent to the Division includes all national drug code (NDC) price updates during the period Sept. 1, 2011 to March 14, 2012 that were missing due to the temporary unavailability of First Data Bank average wholesale price (AWP).
DWC has posted an Excel Workbook which lists NDCs that
were new (sheet one), or that had pricing changes (sheet two),
that took effect during the period of September 1, 2011 through March 14, 2012. Beginning May 23, 2012, the weekly
pharmaceutical fee schedule data file and price calculators on the DWC website include all of the updates. DWC suggests
that workers’ compensation providers examine the NDC list and, if warranted, resubmit pharmaceutical bills that were
affected by the unavailability of price updates, and recommends that payers issue payments as appropriate. Payers and
providers may consider whether there are contracts in place that may impact the need to re-process bills and issue
For notifications regarding the delay and the resumption of weekly price files please see the DWC Newslines:
DWC newsline 33-12.
DWC newsline 17-12.
DWC newsline 56-11.
DWC newsline 42-11.