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Non Generic Kenalog

Lorraine Posted Mon 13th of February, 2012 23:51:53 PM

A doctor is using Kenalog 40 NDC 0003029328 from Bristol Meyers Squibb and says the J3301 is not the correct code because that is a generic code, is there a seperate code for generics vs non generic? Please help

SuperCoder Answered Tue 14th of February, 2012 07:46:20 AM

A generic drug is a drug defined as "a drug product that is comparable to brand/reference listed drug product in dosage form, strength, route of administration, quality and performance characteristics, and intended use."
It has also been defined as a term referring to its "chemical name".
Non-generic drug name is the brand name (market name) that pharmaceutical companies use to market the product.
Here Kenalog is the brand name; however generic drug name for the same is "triamcinolone acetonide".
HCPCS tabular listing is arranged by generic drug name, So J3301 represent the description of "triamcinolone acetonide". However HCPCS Drug table listing is having brand name as well, so we can find Kenalog (J3301) in HCPCS drug table.
In the nutshell, we can use J3301 for the above scenario (Kenalog Injection).


Lorraine Posted Tue 14th of February, 2012 16:33:07 PM

THanks for the information, That is what I told the physician, but this really clarifies.

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