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One Hundred and Three (103) New Generic Equivalents Added to Medicare Part D formularies in April 2018

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published: Apr, 24 2018 07:04:11

The April, 2018 Medicare Part D formulary data updates included a total of 103 new generic equivalents (manufacturer, drug, strength, and packaging combinations) or National Drug Codes (NDCs) representing 57 different generic drugs.

What exactly is an NDC?
The National Drug Code (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 drug and strength, and the third set of numbers identifies the packaging.

The full list of new generics is further down on this page, but here are some interesting additions to the 2018 Medicare Part D (PDP) and Medicare Advantage plan (MAPD) formularies:

*The number of formularies counts the unique formularies that offer this medication.  As a note, the same formulary can be used by one or many different Medicare Part D plans.  The same formulary can be used by both PDP and MAPD plans.

All April 2018 Generic Medications Added to Medicare Part D
The following table details the 103 manufacturer / drug-strength / packaging combinations (NDCs) that were added to one or more Medicare Part D formularies in the April 2018 updates. You can click on the NDC or Drug Name below to go to our Q1Medicare Drug Finder (Q1Rx.com) to see the details of how this drug is handled by all Medicare Part D Plans in Florida (our example state) -- You can then change the state to your state for details in your service area.

April 2018 Generic Medications Added to Medicare Part D
NDC Generic Drug Name Brand-Name Drug
42794008008 ACITRETIN 10 MG CAPSULE [Soriatane]
42794008308 ACITRETIN 25 MG CAPSULE [Soriatane]
00472031038 ADAPALENE-BNZYL PEROX 0.1-2.5% [EPIDUO]
27241004221 ALMOTRIPTAN MALATE 12.5 MG TAB [Axert]
27241004111 ALMOTRIPTAN MALATE 6.25 MG TAB [Axert]
00781232106 APREPITANT 40 MG CAPSULE [Emend]
00781232246 APREPITANT 80 MG CAPSULE [Emend]
54838057059 ARIPIPRAZOLE 1 MG/ML SOLUTION [Abilify]
65162089803 ARIPIPRAZOLE 10 MG TABLET [Abilify]
65162089903 ARIPIPRAZOLE 15 MG TABLET [Abilify]
65162089603 ARIPIPRAZOLE 2 MG TABLET [Abilify]
65162090103 ARIPIPRAZOLE 20 MG TABLET [Abilify]
65162090203 ARIPIPRAZOLE 30 MG TABLET [Abilify]
65162089703 ARIPIPRAZOLE 5 MG TABLET [Abilify]
64980037303 ATOMOXETINE HCL 10 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
64980037903 ATOMOXETINE HCL 100 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
64980037403 ATOMOXETINE HCL 18 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
64980037503 ATOMOXETINE HCL 25 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
64980037603 ATOMOXETINE HCL 40 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
64980037703 ATOMOXETINE HCL 60 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
64980037803 ATOMOXETINE HCL 80 MG CAPSULE [Strattera]
60505258008 ATORVASTATIN 40 MG TABLET [Lipitor]
68462040201 ATOVAQUONE-PROGUANIL 62.5-25 [Malarone]
00003256016 AZTREONAM 1000 MG INJECTION [Azactam]
00003257016 AZTREONAM 2000 MG INJECTION [Azactam]
47781033201 CARBIDOPA 25MG TAB 100 [Lodosyn]
23155021631 CIDOFOVIR 375 MG/5 ML VIAL [Vistide]
00378082501 CLOZAPINE 25 MG TABLET [Clozaril]
66993048983 DACTINOMYCIN 0.5 MG VIAL [Cosmegen]
00409010601 DAPTOMYCIN 500 MG VIAL [Cubicin]
64980040603 EFAVIRENZ 50 MG CAPSULE [Sustiva]
68382092286 ELETRIPTAN HBR 20 MG TABLET [Relpax]
00093831118 ELETRIPTAN HBR 40 MG TABLET [Relpax]
68180013701 ESCITALOPRAM 5 MG TABLET [Lexapro]
31722056924 ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 5 MG/5 ML [Lexapro]
00378235093 ESOMEPRAZOLE MAG DR 20 MG CAP [Nexium]
00378352091 FOSAMPRENAVIR 700 MG TABLET [Lexiva]
00378696032 GLATIRAMER 20 MG/ML SYRINGE [Copaxone]
00378696112 GLATIRAMER 40 MG/ML SYRINGE [Copaxone]
60505290009 IMATINIB MESYLATE 100 MG TAB [Gleevec]
60505290103 IMATINIB MESYLATE 400 MG TAB [Gleevec]
43547037509 IRBESARTAN 150 MG TABLET [Avapro]
68180082110 LANTHANUM CARB 1,000 MG TAB CHEW [Fosrenol]
68180081942 LANTHANUM CARB 500 MG TAB CHEW [Fosrenol]
68180082046 LANTHANUM CARB 750 MG TAB CHEW [Fosrenol]
67457060020 LEVOLEUCOVORIN 175 MG/17.5 ML [Fusilev]
55150024251 LINEZOLID 600 MG/300 ML IV SOL [Zyvox]
65862060130 MODAFINIL 100 MG TABLET [Provigil]
60505252703 MODAFINIL 200 MG TABLET [Provigil]
31722072630 MONTELUKAST SOD 10 MG TABLET [Singulair]
27241001531 MONTELUKAST SOD 4 MG GRANULES [Singulair]
57237021230 MONTELUKAST SOD 4 MG TAB CHEW [Singulair]
57237021330 MONTELUKAST SOD 5 MG TAB CHEW [Singulair]
65862060330 MOXIFLOXACIN HCL 400 MG TABLET [Avelox]
65162032309 NIACIN ER 1,000 MG TABLET [Niaspan ER]
65162032109 NIACIN ER 500 MG TABLET [Niaspan ER]
65162032209 NIACIN ER 750 MG TABLET [Niaspan ER]
00003377412 NIVOLUMAB 10 MG/ML [Opdivo]
33342008407 OLANZAPINE ODT 10 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
55111016730 OLANZAPINE 15 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
60505311003 OLANZAPINE 2.5 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
55111016830 OLANZAPINE 20 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
33342008607 OLANZAPINE ODT 20 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
43598016430 OLANZAPINE 5 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
33342008307 OLANZAPINE ODT 5 MG TABLET [Zyprexa]
60505317007 OMEGA-3 ETHYL ESTERS 1 GM CAP [Lovaza]
69097091302 OMEPRAZOLE-BICARB 20-1,100 CAP [Zegerid]
47781038426 OSELTAMIVIR 6 MG/ML SUSPENSION [Tamiflu]
69452014713 PARICALCITOL 4 MCG CAPSULE [Zemplar]
33342005407 PIOGLITAZONE HCL 15 MG TABLET [Actos]
33342005507 PIOGLITAZONE HCL 30 MG TABLET [Actos]
33342005607 PIOGLITAZONE HCL 45 MG TABLET [Actos]
68462038160 RILUZOLE 50 MG TABLET [Rilutek]
33342009372 RIZATRIPTAN 5 MG ODT [Maxalt-MLT]
33342008750 RIZATRIPTAN 5 MG TABLET [Maxalt-MLT]
31722088390 ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 10 MG TAB [Crestor]
60505450409 ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 20 MG TAB [Crestor]
31722088290 ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 5 MG TAB [Crestor]
45802058084 SCOPOLAMINE 1 MG/3 DAY PATCH [Transderm Scop]
51672137302 TAZAROTENE 0.1% CREAM [Tazorac]
62332021030 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 80-12.5 MG TAB [Micardis HCT]
62332021130 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 80-25 MG TAB [Micardis HCT]
65162091446 TOBRAMYCIN 300 MG/5 ML AMPULE [Bethkis, Tobi, Tobi Podhaler, Tobramycin Sulfate]
60505611000 ZOLEDRONIC ACID 4 MG/5 ML VIAL [Zometa]
68382071782 ZOLMITRIPTAN 5 MG ODT [Zomig, Zomig-ZMT]

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 2018 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 Emend (40 mg) may be a Tier 4 drug (45% co-insurance) and the same plan may now cover the generic equivalent APREPITANT 40 MG CAPSULE also as a Tier 4 drug (45% co-insurance).  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.  Based on past experience, you may find that many Medicare Part D plans discontinue coverage for the brand-name drug in the months following the introduction of the generic equivalent.  If 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 must continue taking the brand-name drug, you will need to ask your plan for a formulary exception to continue coverage for your brand-name drug.  You can click for a chart showing the trends in formulary coverage for some of the more popular Medicare drugs and their generic equivalents.
You can review any Medicare plan formulary using the Q1Medicare.com FormularyBrowser at FormularyBrowser.com or compare how any medication is covered on all Medicare plans in your service area using our Q1Rx.com.

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