Researcher Responsibilities

The IBM® MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Encounters and Medicare Supplemental Databases

Provide abstracts and references if work has been published. If you have completed your work and published, the DUA requires you to provide an abstract and reference to the Sheps Center for any published research resulting from your use of this data.  Please send copies of abstracts and references from 2015 to

Important security reminder – the DUA forbids copying the data to laptops, desktop computers, or other devices outside of the pre-specified secure servers at Sheps(PE), School of Pharmacy, UNC ITS Secure Workspace, and RENCI.

Database Funding Acknowledgements should be included in all published work “The database infrastructure used for this project was funded by the Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC; the CER Strategic Initiative of UNC’s Clinical Translational Science Award (UL1TR001111); and the UNC School of Medicine.”

In all publications, source of the data is to be attributed to IBM by referring to the IBM® MarketScan® Research Databases and including “MarketScan is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. All rights reserved”

Marketscan DUA needs to be updated annually in December for the following year.