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August 2020 Medicare Drug List Updates: Thirty-seven (37) medications added to 2020 Medicare Part D Drug plan formularies.

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published: Aug, 15 2020 11:08:27

We now have the recently released August 2020 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan formulary (drug lists) data online and included in our Formulary Browser and Q1Rx Drug Finder.

The August formulary updates include the addition of 48 new National Drug Codes (NDCs), representing 37 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 August 2020 Formulary update include 21 newly-added generic drugs

The August Medicare Part D drug data includes 21 new generic medications, nine (9) of which are newly-introduced generic drugs.  These new generic drugs include:
  • DIAZOXIDE [Proglycem®],
  • KURVELO-28 [Portia®],
  • MEPROBAMATE [Miltown®],
  • METFORMIN HCL ER [Prozac®],
  • NIFEDIPINE [Procardia®],
  • OXYCODONE [OxyIR®], and
  • PROLATE®].

You can see our article "August 2020 Drug List Updates: Twenty-one (21) new generic drugs added to many Medicare Part D plan formularies" found at https://Q1News.com/846.html for more about coverage the new generics.

The August 2020 Formulary update includes seven (7) newly-added brand-name drugs

The August drug data updates also include sixteen (16) new brand-name drugs, seven (7) of which are newly introduced brand-name drugs, some with multiple strengths. These drugs include:
  • NURTEC®,
  • TDVAX®, 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.

Good to know: 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: Q1FAQ.com/155

Summary of August 2020 NDC changes

There are many reasons for NDCs to be added to the Medicare Part D program, a summary for all 48 new August 2020 NDCs is as follows:

Reason for NDC Addition Occurrences
New Delivery Form 3
New Drug 16
New Drug and Strength 18
New Manufacturer 3
New Manufacturer, Strength and Delivery Form 4
New Strength 4
Total New NDCs 48

The following chart details the 48 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*
51759020210AJOVY 225 MG/1.5 ML AUTOINJECT269New Delivery Form
00085222201ASMANEX HFA 50 MCG INHALER HFA AER AD7157New Strength
00185027701BENAZEPRIL-HCTZ 20-25 MG TABLET [Lotensin HCT]66369New Strength
51991033301CARBINOXAMINE MALEATE 4 MG TABLET [Palgic]072New Drug
67877058450CEFIXIME 400 MG CAPSULE [Suprax]47321New Manufacturer, Strength and Delivery Form
13517010030DIAZOXIDE 50 MG/ML ORAL SUSPENSION [Proglycem]68385New Drug
00085222301DULERA 50 MCG-5 MCG INHALER HFA AEROSOL AD14137New Strength
69452015220ETHOSUXIMIDE 250 MG CAPSULE [Zarontin]69393New Drug
50222030350FINACEA 15% FOAM24152New Delivery Form
68462018556FLUOCINOLONE OIL 0.01% EAR DROPS [Flac]59348New Drug
43547040211FUROSEMIDE 40 MG TABLET [Lasix]69393New Manufacturer
00703712301HALOPERIDOL DEC 250 MG/5 ML VIAL [Haldol Decanoate]63378New Manufacturer, Strength and Delivery Form
00002775205INSULIN LISPRO JR 100 UNIT/ML INSULNPEN HF1374New Manufacturer
00002823305INSULIN LISPRO MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN INSULN PEN [Humalog KwikPen Mix 75/25]1374New Manufacturer
66993094848IVERMECTIN 1% CREAM (g) [Soolantra]259New Drug
66993019395KETOROLAC 15.75 MG NASAL SPRAY [SPRIX]215New Drug
00310061060KOSELUGO 10 MG CAPSULE43282New Drug and Strength
00310062560KOSELUGO 25 MG CAPSULE43282New Drug and Strength
68180084473KURVELO-28 TABLET [Portia]63362New Drug
62332001931MEPROBAMATE 200 MG TABLET [Miltown]383New Drug and Strength
62332002031MEPROBAMATE 400 MG TABLET [Miltown]383New Drug and Strength
42571036007METFORMIN HCL 500 MG/5 ML SOLUTION [Riomet]11130New Drug
68180091173MIBELAS 24 FE CHEWABLE TABLET [Minastrin]12107New Drug
69668045301MONDOXYNE NL 100 MG CAPSULE [Monodox]42265New Drug
00228249710NIFEDIPINE 10 MG CAPSULE [Procardia]395New Drug
00169300415NOVOLIN N 100 UNIT/ML FLEXPEN INSULN PEN29265New Drug and Strength
00169300315NOVOLIN R 100 UNIT/ML FLEXPEN INSULN PEN29262New Drug and Strength
72618300002NURTEC ODT 75 MG TABLET RAPDIS327New Drug
75834020050OFLOXACIN 300 MG TABLET [Floxin]16170New Manufacturer, Strength and Delivery Form
75834020150OFLOXACIN 400 MG TABLET [Floxin]28253New Manufacturer, Strength and Delivery Form
00527177401OXYCODONE HCL 5 MG CAPSULE [OxyIR]28294New Drug
50881002801PEMAZYRE 13.5 MG TABLET69382New Drug and Strength
50881002601PEMAZYRE 4.5 MG TABLET69382New Drug and Strength
50881002701PEMAZYRE 9 MG TABLET69382New Drug and Strength
75987014514PROCYSBI DR 300 MG GRANULE PACKET680New Drug and Strength
75987014014PROCYSBI DR 75 MG GRANULE PACKET680New Drug and Strength
72245068310PROLATE 10-300 MG TABLET126New Drug and Strength
72245068110PROLATE 5-300 MG TABLET126New Drug and Strength
72245068210PROLATE 7.5-300 MG TABLET126New Drug and Strength
00078069761PROMACTA 25 MG SUSPENSION POWDER PACK64379New Strength
43598067201PYRIMETHAMINE 25 MG TABLET [Daraprim]42288New Drug
13533013100TDVAX VIAL69388New Drug
00597038013TRIJARDY XR 10-5-1,000 MG TABLET BP 24H29166New Drug and Strength
00597038577TRIJARDY XR 12.5-2.5-1,000 MG TAB BP 24H29166New Drug and Strength
00597039071TRIJARDY XR 25-5-1,000 MG TABLET BP 24H29166New Drug and Strength
00597039582TRIJARDY XR 5-2.5-1,000 MG TABLET BP 24H29166New Drug and Strength
70515059415ZANAFLEX 4 MG TABLET36New 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.

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