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August 2012 Summary of the Most Recent Updates for the Medicare Part D Plan Formularies (Drug Lists)

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published on 2012-08-06 09:59:52


The most recent (end of July 2012 ) Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) updates include the addition of 29 new National Drug Codes (NDC) to the Medicare Part D program.  These represent 13 different drugs, many with multiple strengths or delivery forms.

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.

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

Reason for NDC Addition Occurrences
new delivery 1
new drug 3
new drug strength 3
new drug with multiple strengths 19
new manufacturer/new drug 1
new manufacturer/new drug strength/new form 2

The majority of the 29 new NDCs included new drug strengths and in some cases manufacturers. Four new generic alternatives were introduced:

  • FLUVASTATIN SODIUM generic equivalent for Lescol® is on 41 PDP and 144 MAPD formularies
  • IRBESARTAN generic equivalent for Avapro® is on 50 PDP and 164 MAPD formularies
  • IRBESARTAN-HCTZ generic equivalent for Avalide® is on 50 PDP and 164 MAPD formularies
  • QUETIAPINE FUMARATE generic equivalent for Seroquel® is on 64 PDP and 220 MAPD formularies
The following 29 manufacturer / drug / strength / packaging combinations (NDCs) were added to one or more Medicare Part D formularies in the most 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 Drug Name Notes
65162070588 ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 5 MG/5 ML new manufacturer/new drug
00378802077 FLUVASTATIN SODIUM 20 MG CAP new drug w multiple strengths
00378802193 FLUVASTATIN SODIUM 40 MG CAP new drug w multiple strengths
59011025530 INTERMEZZO 3.5 MG TAB SUBLING new drug w multiple strengths
59011025630 INTERMEZZO 1.75 MG TAB SUBLING new drug w multiple strengths
00093746456 IRBESARTAN 75 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
00093746505 IRBESARTAN 150 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
00093746698 IRBESARTAN 300 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
00093723898 IRBESARTAN-HCTZ 150-12.5 MG TB new drug w multiple strengths
00093723998 IRBESARTAN-HCTZ 300-12.5 MG TB new drug w multiple strengths
63402030230 LATUDA 20 MG TABLET new drug
00597028630 MIRAPEX ER 2.25mg/1 ER 30 TABLET new drug strength
00597028730 MIRAPEX ER 3.75mg/1 ER 30 TABLET new drug strength
00173081059 POTIGA 50 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
00173081259 POTIGA 200 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
00173081359 POTIGA 300 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
00173081459 POTIGA 400 MG TABLET new drug w multiple strengths
59310021012 QNASL 80 MCG NASAL SPRAY new drug
47335090288 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 25 MG TAB new drug w multiple strengths
47335090388 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 MG TAB new drug w multiple strengths
47335090488 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 100 MG TAB new drug w multiple strengths
47335090588 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 200 MG TAB new drug w multiple strengths
47335090688 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 300 MG TAB new drug w multiple strengths
47335090788 QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 400 MG TAB new drug w multiple strengths
17478074102 VANCOMYCIN HCL 125 MG CAPSULE new manufacturer/new drug strength/new form
17478074202 VANCOMYCIN HCL 250 MG CAPSULE new manufacturer/new drug strength/new form
00456110031 VIIBRYD 1 KIT in 1 BLISTER PACK new drug strength
00037050105 Xerese 50; 10mg/g; mg/g / 5 g TUBE new drug
10122090112 ZYFLO 600mg/1 120 TABLETS new delivery

In addition to the above major additions and deletions, individual Medicare Part D plan formularies may have added and/or dropped medications, changed drug tiers, and changed drug usage management requirements. You can review any Medicare plan formulary using the Q1Medicare.com FormularyBrowser at Q1Medicare.com/FormularyBrowser.

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