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March 2019 Drug List Updates: Seventy-two (72) new generic drugs added to many Medicare Part D plan formularies.


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March 2019 Drug List Updates: Seventy-two (72) new generic drugs added to many Medicare Part D plan formularies.
Published on 2019-04-05 13:51:09
Category: Monthly Formulary Changes


As you may know, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans update their plan formularies (drug lists) throughout the plan year and the March 2019 Medicare Part D formulary updates included 198 new drugs, 53 of which are new generic drugs - with a total of 72 new generic equivalents (variations of manufacturer, drug-strength, and packaging).

Below is a full list of the new generics added to the 2019 Medicare Part D (PDP) and Medicare Advantage plan (MAPD) formularies:


Generic Drug Equivalent [Brand-Name Drug]

Number of
PDP
Formularies*

Number of
MAPD
Formularies*

ABIRATERONE ACETATE 250 MG TABLET [ZYTIGA]55284
ADAPALENE 0.1% SOLUTION [Plixda]239
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 35 MG TABLET [Fosamax]62353
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 MG TABLET [Fosamax]62353
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 10 MG TABLET [Norvasc]62353
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 5 MG TABLET [Norvasc]62353
AMLODIPINE-BENAZEPRIL 10-40 MG Capsule [Lotrel]53347
AMLODIPINE-BENAZEPRIL 5-40 MG Capsule [Lotrel]53347
AMPHETAMINE SULFATE 10 MG TABLET [Evekeo]118
AMPHETAMINE SULFATE 5 MG TABLET [Evekeo]118
AZELAIC ACID 15% GEL [Finacea]26188
BUPROPION HCL XL 450 MG TABLET ER 24H [Forfivo XL]3100
CEFEPIME HCL 1 GM VIAL [Maxipime]62353
CEFEPIME HCL 2 GRAM VIAL [Maxipime]60351
CLIND PH-BENZOYL PERO 1.2-2.5% GEL W/PUMP [Acanya]1049
CLOBAZAM 10 MG TABLET [ONFI]62353
CLOBAZAM 2.5 MG/ML Oral Suspension [ONFI]62353
CLOBAZAM 20 MG TABLET [ONFI]62353
COLESEVELAM HCL 3.75 G PACKET POWD PACK [WelChol]31242
CYRED EQ 28 DAY TABLET [Solia]49287
DALFAMPRIDINE ER 10 MG TABLET ER 12H [Ampyra]58341
DAPTOMYCIN 350 MG VIAL [Cubicin RF]42288
DESOXIMETASONE 0.25% SPRAY [Topicort]650
DEXAMETHASONE 10 DAY 1.5 MG TABLET DS PK [ZonaCort 7 Day]889
DEXAMETHASONE 13 DAY 1.5 MG TABLET DS PK [ZonaCort 7 Day]891
DEXAMETHASONE 6 DAY 1.5 MG TABLET DS PK [ZonaCort 7 Day]888
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 2%-0.5% DROPERETTE [Cosopt PF]14113
DROSP-EE-LEVOMEF 3-0.02-0.451 TABLET [Beyaz]24146
ERTAPENEM 1 GRAM VIAL [Invanz]48337
FLAC OTIC OIL 0.01% EAR DROPS [Flac]41185
HYDROCORTISONE BUTYR 0.1% LOTION [Locoid]781
HYDROMORPHONE HCL ER 12 MG TABLET ER 24H [Exalgo]476
HYDROMORPHONE HCL ER 16 MG TABLET ER 24H [Exalgo]578
HYDROMORPHONE HCL ER 8 MG TABLET ER 24H [Exalgo]476
IMIQUIMOD 3.75% CREAM PUMP CRM MD PMP [Zyclara]6105
ITRACONAZOLE 10 MG/ML SOLUTION [Sporanox]20128
KETOPROFEN 25 MG CAPSULE [Orudis]23173
KETOROLAC 0.4% OPHTH SOLUTION Drops [Acular LS]62352
LACTULOSE 10 GM PACKET [Kristalose]763
LEDIPASVIR-SOFOSBUVIR 90-400MG TABLET [Harvoni]8103
LEVOFLOXACIN 500 MG/20 ML VIAL [Levaquin]59343
LIOTHYRONINE SOD 50 MCG TABLET [Cytomel]62353
MESALAMINE 800 MG DR TABLET DR [Asacol HD]36258
MINOCYCLINE ER 55 MG TABLET ER 24H [Solodyn]224
MONDOXYNE NL 100 MG CAPSULE [Monodox]42228
MONDOXYNE NL 75 MG CAPSULE [NutriDox]25100
MORPHINE SULF 10 MG/5 ML Solution [MSIR]56333
MORPHINE SULF 20 MG/5 ML Solution [MSIR]56334
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 40 MG CAP ER PEL [Kadian]689
NITROFURANTOIN MCR 100 MG CAPSULE [Macrodantin]62349
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 10-325 TABLET [Percocet]62353
PIOGLITAZONE-GLIMEPIRIDE 30-2 TABLET [Duetact]20191
PIPERACIL-TAZOBACT 40.5 GRAM VIAL [Zosyn]48307
POTASSIUM CL 10% (20 MEQ/15ML) Liquid [Kay Ciel]62353
POTASSIUM CL 20% (40 MEQ/15ML) Liquid [Kaon-CL]48315
PRIMIDONE 250 MG TABLET [Mysoline]62353
PRIMIDONE 50 MG TABLET [Mysoline]62353
PROMETHAZINE-PHENYLEPHRINE SYRUP [Prometh VC Plain]2136
PRUDOXIN 5% CREAM (g) [Zonalon]1040
QUININE SULFATE 324 MG CAPSULE [Qualaquin]44295
SOFOSBUVIR-VELPATASVIR 400-100 TABLET [Epclusa]8158
SOTALOL 120 MG TABLET [Sorine]62345
TADALAFIL 2.5 MG TABLET [Cialis]361
TADALAFIL 5 MG TABLET [Cialis]362
TELMISARTAN 20 MG TABLET [Micardis]51314
TENOFOVIR DISOP FUM 300 MG TABLET [Viread]62352
TESTOSTERONE 1.62% (1.25 G) PKT GEL PACKET [AndroGel]37241
TESTOSTERONE 1.62% (2.5 G) PKT GEL PACKET [AndroGel]37245
TESTOSTERONE 1.62% GEL PUMP GEL MD PMP [AndroGel]37240
TRANYLCYPROMINE SULF 10 MG TABLET [Parnate]62353
TRETINOIN 0.05% GEL [Atralin]19191
VORICONAZOLE 200 MG TABLET [VFEND]62353
*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.

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 2019 generics are being offered on the same tier as their brand-name equivalent or the generics do not have a significantly lower retail price.

  • 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.
As a note, both our Formulary Browser (you can view all the drugs covered by a single Medicare prescription drug plan) and our Q1Rx Drug Finder (you can view all the Medicare drug plans covering a single drug) have been updated with the March 2019 Medicare Part D formulary data.


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