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Military Times: Agency to Act on Compound Med Reimbursements

Monday, February 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
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Military Times is reporting that two advisory committees to the Defense Health Agency are at odds over whether Tricare should reimburse for compounded medications.

The Defense Department Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in December recommended strict guidelines on compounded medication prescriptions — rules that would allow Tricare to reimburse for the medicines even through its own regulations don't require the defense health system to do so.

Jay McEniry, Executive Director of Patients and Physicians for Rx Access, says, "This is first time I've seen such a reaction in health care — let's just cut [the benefit]. Let's not cut it. A lot of people need compounds. They have no other options, no other medications they can tolerate. It's interesting we are having this discussion. It's a disservice to a lot of people who need it and deserve it."

 

Coverage of Compounds Under Tri-Care/Federally Funded Programs


IACP supports complete coverage of all compounded preparations as a core benefit within all federally funded prescription drug programs including Medicare, Medicaid, TriCare, the Veterans Administration and the Federal Employees health insurance program.  

 

The accessibility to compounded preparations within a prescription drug benefit plan is as essential as that provided for manufactured finished drug products.  For the elderly, the medically indigent, and military personnel, compounded preparations are often times the best and only option for achievement of health care outcomes. 

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