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Forty-Five (45) New Generic Equivalents Added to Medicare Part D in March & April 2016

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published: May, 02 2016 04:05:26

March 2016 saw the addition of 42 new generic equivalents (NDCs) and in the April 2016 Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates an additional three (3) generic equivalents (NDCs) were added.  The three April additions are highlighted in the chart below in bold.  As a note, the May 2016 Medicare Part D plan formulary data included no new drug codes and only minor additions and deletions from plan formularies.

The NDC uniquely identifies a particular drug, manufacturer, strength, and packaging combination. The NDC is often shown on your prescription bottle as an 11-digit code (see the charts below) or could be formatted as 00000-0000-00 where the first set of numbers identifies the manufacturer, the second set of number identifies the product and strength, and the third set of numbers identifies the packaging.

The following 45 manufacturer / drug / strength / packaging combinations (NDCs) were added to one or more Medicare Part D formularies in the recent updates. You can click on the NDC or Drug Name below to go to our Q1Medicare.com DrugFinder to see the details of how this drug is handled by all Medicare Part D Plans in Florida -- You can then change the state to your state for details in your service area.

NDC Generic Drug Name Brand-Name Drug
00093526018 ALMOTRIPTAN MALATE 6.25 MG TAB [Axert]
00093526119 ALMOTRIPTAN MALATE 12.5 MG TAB [Axert]
13811069230 ARIPIPRAZOLE ODT 10 MG TABLET [Abilify]
13811069330 ARIPIPRAZOLE ODT 15 MG TABLET [Abilify]
00054057521 ASPIRIN-DIPYRIDAM ER 25-200 MG [Sodium Edecrin]
00378395009 ATORVASTATIN 10 MG TABLET [Lipitor]
00378395109 ATORVASTATIN 20 MG TABLET [Lipitor]
00378395209 ATORVASTATIN 40 MG TABLET [Lipitor]
00378395309 ATORVASTATIN 80 MG TABLET [Lipitor]
00378695501 BEXAROTENE 75 MG CAPSULE [Targretin]
68180029706 DULOXETINE HCL DR 40 MG CAPSULE [Cymbalta]
00115143810 DUTASTERIDE 0.5 MG CAPSULE [Avodart]
42023015701 ETHACRYNATE SODIUM 50 MG VIAL [Sodium Edecrin]
00781537031 FLUVASTATIN ER 80 MG TABLET [Lescol]
00143972001 LEVOFLOXACIN-D5W 750 MG/150 ML [LEVAQUIN]
59762130801 LINEZOLID 100 MG/5 ML SUSP [Zyvox]
00591390087 MEMANTINE 5-10 MG TITRATION PK [Namenda Titration]
00527194313 MEMANTINE HCL 2 MG/ML SOLUTION [Namenda]
55111059660 MEMANTINE HCL 5 MG TABLET [Namenda]
00591387544 MEMANTINE HCL 10 MG TABLET [Namenda]
64720022810 MOLINDONE HCL 5 MG TABLET [Moban]
64720022910 MOLINDONE HCL 10 MG TABLET [Moban]
64720023010 MOLINDONE HCL 25 MG TABLET [Moban]
63323085074 MOXIFLOXACIN 400 MG/250 ML BAG [Avelox]
66993006602 PHENOXYBENZAMINE HCL 10 MG CAP [Dibenzyline]
49884034701 PIMOZIDE 1 MG TABLET [Orap]
49884034801 PIMOZIDE 2 MG TABLET [Orap]
68180049001 REPAGLINIDE-METFORMIN 1-500 MG [PrandiMet]
68180049101 REPAGLINIDE-METFORMIN 2-500 MG [PrandiMet]
47335066868 RISEDRONATE SODIUM 35 MG TABLET [Actonel]
68180019309 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 40-12.5 MG TB [Micardis HCT]
00603592716 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 80-12.5 MG TB [Micardis HCT]
00603592816 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 80-25 MG TAB [Micardis HCT]

What Could the Addition of New Generic Drugs Mean to You?

  • You may be able to save money by switching from the brand-name drug to its generic equivalent – with your prescriber’s approval and a new prescription.  Please note, you will need to look carefully at coverage costs as we have found that many 2016 generics are being offered on the same tier as their brand-name equivalent or the generics do not have a significantly lower retail price.  For example, the brand-name Targretin (75 mg) may have a retail cost of around $7,464 as a Tier 5 drug (30% co-insurance) and the same plan may now cover the generic equivalent BEXAROTENE 75 MG also as a Tier 5 drug (30% co-insurance) with a retail price of around $6,607.  You can click here to see how your Medicare drug plan is covering these medication.
  • Your brand name drug may no longer be available if a generic is now available.  From past experience, we expect to find that many Medicare Part D plans may discontinue coverage of brand-name drugs over the next few months when generic drug equivalents are introduced.  For example, the brand-name drug PrandiMet has already been removed from all 2016 Medicare Part D formularies and replaced with the generic REPAGLINIDE-METFORMINIf you have received notice from your Medicare Part D plan that your brand-name medication will be dropped, you should speak with your prescriber to determine if you can take the generic equivalent or if you will need to ask your plan for a formulary exception to continue coverage for the brand-name drug.  You can click for a chart showing the trends in formulary coverage for some of the most popular Medicare drugs and their generic equivalents.
You can review any Medicare plan formulary using the Q1Medicare.com FormularyBrowser at Q1Medicare.com/FormularyBrowser or compare how any medication is covered on all Medicare plans in your service area using our Q1Medicare.com/DrugFinder.

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