What can 14 characters do for you?

The Medi-Span Generic Product Identifier (GPI) is a unique concept and therapeutic classification system, featuring 14 characters for a level of granularity unprecedented in the industry.

So, what does this mean for you? Simply put, specificity and speed.

With a long-proven track record, the GPI is capable of identifying drug products by a hierarchical therapeutic classification system. It allows you to group, sort, search, match, map, and screen. The GPI helps you do more with your data – from improving your clinical screening capabilities to supporting formulary development and maintenance.

The GPI is ideal for assisting with medication reconciliation, and the GPI structure helps the application identify more duplications and gaps in therapy:

  • Using the GPI in app development
Now I get to an optimized medication list sooner. Could I do it without Medi-Span? No. I could get close. But close isn't good enough.
CEO, HighFiveRx

Why is the Medi-Span GPI so critical?


  • Streamlines medication reconciliation by allowing you to group identical, similar (same ingredient, different "sigs"), or unique drugs to improve patient safety
  • Allows you to delve deeper into drug allergy considerations by going beyond ingredient to also take into account strength and route of administration
  • Impacts the specificity of clinical screening by taking into account contraindications specific to dosage form or route of administration
  • Supports formulary development and maintenance
  • Promotes interoperability and information exchange by mapping to NDCs, UPCs, and HRIs
  • Helps alleviate ongoing, routine maintenance by enabling automated NDC inclusion/exclusion
  • Simplifies drug comparisons and helps overcome problems created by different medication spellings and lexicons submitted from differing providers, pharmacies, and payers by standardizing drug lists
Our business is built around the GPI. Having dependable and easily loadable data is a great help.
Product lead from a large healthcare technology company

Why is the Medi-Span GPI unique?


  • Unlike other leading drug data solutions that assign drug products a static number, the GPI's characters mean something.
  • Our 14-character value structure allows for the creation of complex drug lists with any level of granularity
  • It ties to the Medi-Span proprietary generic product packaging code to help with purchasing decisions
  • After decades of development, it is the standard within healthcare business IT
  • Ongoing surveillance of industry data allows us to regularly update GPIs to reflect the changing healthcare landscape