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Tricare to Start Screening Compound Medications Friday

Thursday, April 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
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From the Military Times - "An allowance in Tricare's prescription drug coverage policy that has drained nearly $1 billion from the Pentagon's health budget since January will vanish Friday when a new policy on compound medications goes into effect.

Starting May 1, Tricare pharmacy contractor Express Scripts will screen each ingredient in compound medications to ensure all are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Under the new process, many patients who use personalized drug formulas still will have access to their medications, said Dr. George Jones, Tricare's pharmacy chief.

But others — including some who ordered prescriptions directly from compounding pharmacies in recent months —may need to work with their pharmacists to ensure their prescriptions comply with the new requirements or receive prior authorization for coverage."

 

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