As a certified pharmacy technician, you will need to know the DAW code that is written on a prescription. A DAW code represents dispensing conditions.


***DAW is an acronym for “Dispense as Written.***

DAW 0 (the most common of the DAW codes)

NO DISPENSE AS WRITTEN (Substitution Allowed or no product selection indicated)

DAW 1
PHYSICIAN writes DISPENSE AS WRITTEN

  • Use when the Prescribing Provider specifies the branded version of a drug on the hard copy prescription or in the orally communicated instructions.

DAW 2
PATIENT REQUESTED

  • Use this code when the Participant requested the branded drug even though the original prescription did not indicate “Dispense As Written”.

DAW 3
PHARMACIST SELECTED BRAND


DAW 4
GENERIC NOT IN STOCK


DAW 5
BRAND DISPENSED, PRICED AS GENERIC

  • Use when dispensing a brand as a generic.
  • Claims submitted with DAW 5 will be reimbursed at the generic price.

DAW 6
OVERRIDE


DAW 7
SUBSTITUTION NOT ALLOWED; BRAND MANDATED BY LAW


DAW 8
GENERIC NOT AVAILABLE


DAW 9
OTHER

dispense as written

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Check out this interesting blog from The Redheaded Pharmacist. A common pharmacist pet peeve is doctors specifying a DAW code for no good reason. The blogger suggests that pharmacists get their own DAW code. I think this is something pharmacists and techs alike can agree. What are your thoughts?