PCB Tutorial

Lesson 5 — Coding Drugs, Drug Products and Biologics

Pharmaceutical Necessities and Containers for Drugs and Biologics — Industry Code 55

Products that are considered Pharmaceutical Necessities or Containers for Drugs and Biologics are coded under Industry Code 55. There is a unique set of Subclass codes for these products. Although no Process Indicator Codes (PICs) are used in this Industry, filers must transmit a dash "-" on the PIC field. The Product Code Builder Application will return a dash automatically.

The Pharmaceutical Necessities or Containers for Drugs and Biologics Classes

The Class codes for Industry 55 are listed in the table below. A few sample products are also provided to further define the class code.

CLASS NAME PRODUCT EXAMPLES
A Closure Products in this Industry Class include those closures that are N.E.C. (not elsewhere classified).
B Coating (Closure/ Container) Products in this Industry Class include coatings for closures and containers that are N.E.C. (not elsewhere classified).
C Non-Metallic Container/ Material Products in this Industry Class include glass, acrylic, polyvinyl, etc.
D Metallic Container/ Material Products in this Industry Class include steel, stainless steel, and metallic containers that are N.E.C. (not elsewhere classified).
E Additive in Plastic Products in this Industry Class include natural (rubber) or synthetics, stabilizers, accelerators, antioxidants, colorants, etc.
F Pharmaceutical
Necessity – Capsule Shell
Products in this Industry Class include gelatin and other capsule shells.
P Pharmaceutical Necessity (Mfr) The number of products in this Industry Class is very large and is split into three parts – P, Q, and R. This Industry Class includes chemicals, flavors, excipients, etc., used for making drugs.
Q Pharmaceutical Necessity (Mfr) Same as P
R Pharmaceutical Necessity (Mfr) Same as R
Y Pharmaceutical Necessity (Mfr) & Container N.E.C. This Industry Class includes pharmaceutical necessity and container products that are N.E.C. (not elsewhere classified).

The Pharmaceutical Necessities and Containers for Drugs and Biologic Products Subclasses

The Subclasses for products under Industry Code 55 describes the form of the product.

SUBCLASS NAME
A Closure Liners and Seals
B Coatings for Closures
C Coatings for Containers
F Plastic – Natural (rubber)
G Plastic - Synthetic
P Pharmaceutic Necessity
Y Not Elsewhere Classified (N.E.C.)

Check Your Knowledge

1. Which of the following would not be considered a Non-metallic container/material?
2. Under which class code would you find chemicals, flavors, excipients, etc.?

Code the Products

Now you will have a chance to practice coding some Pharmaceutical Necessities and Containers for Drugs and Biologic Products. Below you will find three product descriptions. Read the descriptions and then click on the PCB Application button below. This will take you to the Product Code Builder application.

Have notepaper and a pen or pencil handy. As you code each product, jot down the product code result. When you're ready to check your answers, click the Tutorial button on the Taskbar. The Taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen. This will bring you back here. Caution: Don't click the Tutorial button in the Product Code Builder application, it will take you to the beginning of the Tutorial.

ACRYLIC PLASTIC CONTAINERS

Pharmaceutical Necessities or Containers for Drugs and Biologics

Non-metallic containers and materials for medical products

Plastic — Synthetic

Not used

Acrylic (non-metallic containers and materials)

CINNAMON OIL

Pharmaceutical Necessities or Containers for Drugs and Biologics

Pharmaceutic Necessity

Pharmaceutic Necessity

Not used

Cinnamon Oil (pharmaceutic necessity — flavor)

POLYSORBATE 85

Pharmaceutical Necessities or Containers for Drugs and Biologics

Pharmaceutical Necessity

Pharmaceutic Necessity

Not used

Polysorbate 85 (pharmaceutic necessity — surfactant)

Check your answers — Click on reveal code for each product description to reveal the correct product code. Compare it with the one you got. Did you get the correct code? If not, determine which element was incorrect. You can go back to the Product Code Builder application and try again.

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