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August 2013 Formulary Changes to the Top 10 Medicare Drugs

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published: Aug, 16 2013 01:08:53

The most recent (August 2013) Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates included 160 new drug codes.

We have chosen to include Altorvastatin, Clopidogrel, Escitalopram, Pioglitazone, Quetiapine Fumarate and Valsartan-HCTZ to the list of Top 10 Medicare Drugs, so our list actually includes 16 drugs -- Lipitor® with it’s generic equivalent Atorvastatin and Escitalopram for Lexapro®, Clopidogrel for Plavix®, Pioglitazone for Actos®, Quetiapine Fumarate generic equivalent for Seroquel® and Valsartan-HCTZ for Diovan HCT®). 

The changes to the number of formularies covering these medications looks as follows:

Count of 2013 Formularies covering the Top 10 Medicare Drugs Program wide
    Formulary Count*
NDC Drug Name 2012 Start** 2012 End** 2013 Start*** Jan. April May June July Aug.
00430047203 ACTONEL 35 MG 36 DOSE PACK 0 218 229 227 214 233 232 235 233
64764030116 ACTOS 30MG TABLET (500 CT) 286 283 312 313 1 1 1 1 1
64764030115 ACTOS 30MG/1 TABLET (90 CT)         292 269 225 228 214
00173069600 ADVAIR DISKUS MIS 250/50 249 276 300 301 282 306 303 307 307
63304082790 ATORVASTATIN 10 MG TABLET [Lipitor] 0 280 312 313 294 317 314 318 316
00378362777 CLOPIDOGREL TAB 75MG [Plavix] 0 272 299 300 293 316 313 317 315
00078031534 DIOVAN HCT 160/12.5MG TABLET 276 274 232 234 228 201 184 187 185
00093585101 ESCITALOPRAM 10 MG TABLET [Lexapro] 0 262 297 298 293 316 313 317 315
00088222033 LANTUS 100U/ML VIAL 284 280 306 307 287 310 307 311 309
00456201001 LEXAPRO 10MG TABLET 237 156 92 91 79 92 90 92 92
00071015523 LIPITOR 10MG TABLET 225 138 67 66 65 68 66 68 68
00186504054 NEXIUM 40MG CAPSULE 199 196 182 180 182 195 196 199 198
00378022893 PIOGLITAZONE HCL 30 MG TABLET         266 307 308 311 310
63653117105 PLAVIX 75MG TABLET 287 258 114 112 103 115 110 113 109
47335090288 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 25 MG TAB [SEROQUEL] 0 271 292 293 286 309 314 318 316
00310027510 SEROQUEL 25MG TABLET 282 198 116 114 103 117 112 115 112
00378632205 VALSARTAN-HCTZ 160-12.5 MG TAB           294 293 296 297

*The formulary counts include both stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDP) and Medicare Advantage plans (MAPD) in all states and the U.S. territories.
**Initial (start) 2012 CMS formulary dataset dated October, 2011. The ending 2012 CMS formulary dataset dated September, 2012.
***Initial 2013 CMS formulary dataset dated October, 2012

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