A non-government resource for the Medicare community
Powered by Q1Group LLC
A non-government Medicare community resource

June 2020 Medicare Drug List Updates: Twenty-five (25) medications added to 2020 Medicare Part D Drug plan formularies.

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published: Jun, 18 2020 12:06:40

We now have the recently released June 2020 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan formulary (drug lists) data online and included in our Formulary Browser and Drug Finder.  The June formulary updates include the addition of 36 new National Drug Codes (NDCs), representing 25 different prescription drugs, many with multiple strengths.  The formulary updates impact both stand-alone Medicare Part D plans (PDPs) and Medicare Advantage plans with drug coverage (MAPDs).

Highlights of the June 2020 Formulary update include fourteen newly-added generic drugs:   The June Medicare Part D drug data includes 14 new generic medications, six of which are newly-introduced generic drugs.  These drugs include:
  • CLOVIQUE [Syprine®],
  • AZELASTIN-FLUTIC [Dymista®],
  • SULFASALAZINE DR [Sulfazine EC®],
  • NABUMETONE [Relafen®],
  • EVEROLIMUS [Zortress®]

You can see our article "June 2020 Drug List Updates: Fourteen (14) new generic drugs added to many Medicare Part D plan formularies" found at https://Q1News.com/830.html for more about coverage the new generics.

The June 2020 Formulary update includes four (4) newly-added brand-name drugs:  The June drug data updates also include eleven (11) new brand-name drugs, four (4) of which are newly introduced brand-name drugs, some with multiple strengths. These drugs include:
  • TALICIA®, and
Please note that these new generic and brand-name drugs are not available on all Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage drug plans - and you can review the chart to see the (often limited) number of plan formularies that now include these drugs.

Reminders about Medicare prescription drug plan formulary changes
  1. Medicare Part D plans (PDPs and MAPDs) can change their formulary or drug list during the year and may drop one of your formulary medication mid-year for specific Medicare-allowable reasons (such as a new generic drug is available), but there are steps you can take if your medication is no longer covered by your prescription drug plan.

  2. Your Medicare Part D plan will notify you if the plan drops a medication you are currently using.

Reminder: What is the NDC?

The NDC or National Drug Code is used to uniquely identify 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 drug manufacturer, the second set of number identifies the product and strength, and the third set of numbers identifies the packaging.  You can read more here: https://Q1FAQ.com/155.html

There are many reasons for NDCs to be added to the Medicare Part D program, a summary for all 40 new NDCs is as follows:

Reason for NDC Addition Occurrences
New Delivery Form 6
New Drug 12
New Drug and Strength 3
New Drug, Delivery Form and Strength 1
New Manufacturer and Delivery Form 2
New Manufacturer and Strength 10
New Strength 2
Total New NDCs 36

The following chart details the 36 new manufacturer / drug-strength / packaging combinations (NDCs) that were added to one or more Medicare Part D formularies in the most recent updates -- as you will notices, some drugs are only covered by a few Medicare plans.

You can click on the Drug Code (NDC) or Drug Name below to go to our Q1Medicare.com Drug Finder (Q1Rx.com) and see the details of how this drug is covered by all Medicare Part D plans (PDPs) in Florida (our example state).  You can then change the state in our search form for details of drug coverage in your service area.

NDC Drug Name Number of
PDP Formularies*
Number of
MAPD Formularies*
60505095303AZELASTIN-FLUTIC 137-50MCG SPRAY/PUMP [Dymista]462New Drug
00013010110AZULFIDINE 500 MG TABLET37New Delivery Form
72060014230CAPLYTA 42 MG CAPSULE67388New Drug
66435070020CLOVIQUE 250 MG CAPSULE [Syprine]55337New Drug
00054024324CODEINE SULFATE 15 MG TABLET28217New Strength
16110058780CORDRAN 4 MCG/SQ CM LARGE MED. TAPE776New Drug
00093322555DICLOFENAC EPOLAMINE 1.3% PATCH TD12 [Licart]2116New Drug
10370028011DUTASTERIDE-TAMSULOSIN 0.5-0.4 CPMP 24HR [Jalyn]31306New Drug
69097052734ESOMEPRAZOLE DR 10 MG PACKET SUSPDR PKT [Nexium]12108New Drug, Delivery Form and Strength
69097052834ESOMEPRAZOLE DR 20 MG PACKET SUSPDR PKT [Nexium]12108New Manufacturer and Delivery Form
69097052934ESOMEPRAZOLE DR 40 MG PACKET SUSPDR PKT [Nexium]12108New Manufacturer and Delivery Form
00054047021EVEROLIMUS 0.25 MG TABLET [Zortress]67382New Drug and Strength
00054047121EVEROLIMUS 0.5 MG TABLET [Zortress]67382New Drug and Strength
00054047221EVEROLIMUS 0.75 MG TABLET [Zortress]67382New Drug and Strength
75854080101GLOPERBA 0.6 MG/5 ML SOLUTION0
15New Drug
00069048603IBRANCE 100 MG TABLET67385New Delivery Form
00069068803IBRANCE 125 MG TABLET67385New Delivery Form
00069028403IBRANCE 75 MG TABLET67385New Delivery Form
23155002101KETOPROFEN 50 MG CAPSULE [Orudis]26168New Manufacturer and Strength
23155002201KETOPROFEN 75 MG CAPSULE [Orudis]26172New Manufacturer and Strength
76336008060LYSODREN 500 MG TABLET67388New Drug
42806005030MEPERIDINE 50 MG TABLET [Meperitab]347New Strength
00185014501NABUMETONE 500 MG TABLET [Relafen]62386New Drug
72426011803NEXLETOL 180 MG TABLET123New Drug
00169300715NOVOLIN 70-30 FLEXPEN INSULN PEN27250New Delivery Form
00378535001PERPHENAZINE 2 MG TABLET [Trilafon]67388New Manufacturer and Strength
52536016401PERPHENAZINE 4 MG TABLET [Trilafon]67388New Manufacturer and Strength
52536016801PERPHENAZINE 8 MG TABLET [Trilafon]67388New Manufacturer and Strength
75826013650PHENOBARBITAL 15 MG TABLET67387New Manufacturer and Strength
75826013850PHENOBARBITAL 30 MG TABLET67387New Manufacturer and Strength
76385012701SOTALOL AF 160 MG TABLET [Sorine]67375New Manufacturer and Strength
76385012501SOTALOL AF 80 MG TABLET [Sorine]67375New Manufacturer and Strength
59762010405SULFASALAZINE DR 500 MG TABLET [Sulfazine EC]60379New Drug
57841115002TALICIA DR 10-250-12.5 MG CAPSULE IR DR0
9New Drug
13668033201TRAZODONE 150 MG TABLET [Desyrel]67388New Manufacturer and Strength
00071241835ZARONTIN 250 MG/5 ML SOLUTION0
6New Delivery Form

Our online Formulary Browser and Drug Finder
You can review any Medicare plan formulary using the Q1Medicare.com FormularyBrowser found at: FormularyBrowser.com or compare how any medication is covered on all Medicare plans in your Service Area using our Drug Finder found at: Q1Rx.com.

Medicare Supplements
fill the gaps in your
Original Medicare
1. Enter Your ZIP Code:
» Medicare Supplement FAQs

Ask a Pharmacist*
Have questions about your medication?

» Answers to Your Medication Questions, Free!
Available Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm MST
*A free service included with your no cost drug discount card.

Tips & Disclaimers
  • Q1Medicare®, Q1Rx®, and Q1Group® are registered Service Marks of Q1Group LLC and may not be used in any advertising, publicity, or for commercial purposes without the express authorization of Q1Group.
  • The Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan data on our site comes directly from Medicare and is subject to change.
  • Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed the information on our site.
  • We provide our Q1Medicare.com site for educational purposes and strive to present unbiased and accurate information. However, Q1Medicare is not intended as a substitute for your lawyer, doctor, healthcare provider, financial advisor, or pharmacist. For more information on your Medicare coverage, please be sure to seek legal, medical, pharmaceutical, or financial advice from a licensed professional or telephone Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.
  • We are an independent education, research, and technology company. We are not affiliated with any Medicare plan, plan carrier, healthcare provider, or insurance company. We are not compensated for Medicare plan enrollments. We do not sell leads or share your personal information.
  • Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. Our PDPCompare.com and MACompare.com provide highlights of annual plan benefit changes.
  • The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information contact the plan.
  • Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply.
  • We make every effort to show all available Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans in your service area. However, since our data is provided by Medicare, it is possible that this may not be a complete listing of plans available in your service area. For a complete listing please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.
    Statement required by Medicare:
    "We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options."
  • When enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
  • Medicare beneficiaries with higher incomes may be required to pay both a Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Read more on IRMAA.
  • Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) are considered Medicare Part D plans and members with higher incomes may be subject to the Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), just as members in stand-alone Part D plans. In certain situations, you can appeal IRMAA.
  • You must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Members may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan only during specific times of the year. Contact the Medicare plan for more information.
  • If you are enrolled in a Medicare plan with Part D prescription drug coverage, you may be eligible for financial Extra Help to assist with the payment of your prescription drug premiums and drug purchases. To see if you qualify for Extra Help, call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov; the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call, 1-800-325-0778; or your state Medicaid Office.
  • Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
  • A Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plan (PFFS) is not a Medicare supplement plan. Providers who do not contract with the plan are not required to see you except in an emergency.
  • Disclaimer for Institutional Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who meets the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) level of care and resides in a nursing home.
  • Disclaimer for Dual Eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details.
  • Disclaimer for Chronic Condition Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who has been diagnosed with the plan specific Chronic Condition.
  • Medicare MSA Plans combine a high deductible Medicare Advantage Plan and a trust or custodial savings account (as defined and/or approved by the IRS). The plan deposits money from Medicare into the account. You can use this money to pay for your health care costs, but only Medicare-covered expenses count toward your deductible. The amount deposited is usually less than your deductible amount, so you generally have to pay out-of-pocket before your coverage begins.
  • Medicare MSA Plans do not cover prescription drugs. If you join a Medicare MSA Plan, you can also join any separate (stand-alone) Medicare Part D prescription drug plan
  • There are additional restrictions to join an MSA plan, and enrollment is generally for a full calendar year unless you meet certain exceptions. Those who disenroll during the calendar year will owe a portion of the account deposit back to the plan. Contact the plan provider for additional information.
  • Medicare beneficiaries may enroll through the CMS Medicare Online Enrollment Center located at www.medicare.gov.
  • Medicare beneficiaries can file a complaint with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by calling 1-800-MEDICARE 24 hours a day/7 days or using the medicare.gov site. Beneficiaries can appoint a representative by submitting CMS Form-1696.