Medicare.gov provides two ways for you to search for your medications, you can choose to browse through an alphabetical list or search by drug name. We suggest using the "Search for Drug" function because it allows for partial searches and even "fuzzy" searches where you may have misspelled the name of a medication.
Where is my medication !!
You may recall that, by law, Medicare Part D prescription plans and Medicare Advantage plans providing prescription coverage exclude certain medications. So if you are finding that one of your medications is never found in the Medicare drug database, then your drug might not be covered by the Medicare Part D program.
Alternatively, if you have been prescribed a very new medication that has just been released or approved by the FDA, it is possible that the Medicare medication database has not yet been updated and you should save your partial medication list (or drug search) and return to the Medicare Plan Finder at another time and check for the availability of your drug again.
In the example screen above, we started to type in the name of a popular (and brand name) drug. You can see by the box below the input field where we are typing that the Medicare.gov system is trying to help us find our medication with every letter we type by giving us a list of suggestions. This feature of providing drug name suggestions as we type may not be available on every browser, depending on the type of browser you use and your browser security settings. Specifically, this screen shows how a partial search functions — here we have only put in "lipi" (we are searching for Lipitor®) and Medicare.gov returns a list of choices based on this partial word with Lipitor® as our first choice. We can then choose or click to add the selected drug to our drug list.
Brand Name Drugs with a Generic Equivalent.
In the older version of the Medicare.gov Plan Finder there was a check box under your drug list to "Use lower cost generic drugs when available." If you checked this box (the default is "checked"). Your name brand medications were automatically replaced with their generic drug equivalents.
In the new version of the Medicare.gov Plan Finder, when you enter a brand name drug, the Plan Finder gives you the choice to select the generic equivalent. For example, if you enter the medication like Lasix®, the Medicare Plan Finder will ask if you would rather use the generic alternative, "Furosemide" - you can choose your preference BUT
, the generic equivalent to your brand-name drug is chosen by default - so if you press quot;Continuequot;, your drug list will contain the generic, not the original brand-name medication.