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Forty-Seven (47) New Generic Equivalents Added to Medicare Part D formularies in April 2017

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published on 2017-05-03 20:54:11


The April 2017 updates to the Medicare Part D plan formulary data (or drug lists) saw the addition of 47 new generic equivalents (National Drug Codes or NDCs).

In fact, together the April and May 2017 Medicare Part D formulary updates included a total of 49 new generic equivalents (manufacturer, drug, strength, and packaging combinations) representing 25 specific generic drugs.

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 product and strength, and the third set of numbers identifies the packaging.

Some interesting additions to the 2017 formularies include:


Generic Drug Equivalent [Brand-Name Drug]

Number of
PDP
Formularies

Number of
MAPD
Formularies

GLYBURIDE 1.25 MG / METFORMIN HYDROCHLORIDE 250 MG ORAL TABLET [Glucovance] 20 145
LOPINAVIR-RITONAVIR 80-20MG/ML [Kaletra] 56 326
ABACAVIR-LAMIVUDINE 600-300 MG [Epzicom] 57 331
AMLODIPINE-OLMESARTAN 10-20 MG [Azor] 31 193
APREPITANT 125 MG CAPSULE [Emend] 50 310
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE-BENZOYL PEROXIDE 1.2-5% [Benzaclin] 19 127
CLINDAMYCIN-TRETINOIN 1.2%-0.025%
[Veltin, Ziana]
11 77
DAPTOMYCIN 500 MG VIAL [Cubicin] 53 316
DROSP-EE-LEVOMEF 3-0.02-0.451 [Beyaz, Safyral] 24 128
ETHACRYNIC ACID 25 MG TABLET [Edecrin] 13 109
ETHYNODIOL-ETH ESTRA 1MG-50MCG [ZOVIA] 49 284
EZETIMIBE 10 MG TABLET [Zetia] 28 221
FENOFIBRATE 150 MG CAPSULE [LIPOFEN] 7 105
FLURANDRENOLIDE 0.05% LOTION [Cordran] 7 72
IRBESARTAN 150 MG TABLET [Avapro] 57 330
NILUTAMIDE 150 MG TABLET [Nilandron] 57 327
OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL 20 MG TAB [Benicar] 37 218
OLMSRTN-AMLDPN-HCTZ 20-5-12.5 [TRIBENZOR] 35 184
OSELTAMIVIR PHOS 30 MG CAPSULE [Tamiflu] 57 310
PARICALCITOL 1 MCG CAPSULE [Zemplar] 57 317
QUETIAPINE ER 150 MG TABLET [Seroquel] 34 271
RASAGILINE MESYLATE 0.5 MG TABLET [Azilect] 50 311
TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 40-12.5 MG TB [Micardis] 39 249
TOBRAMYCIN 10 MG/ML VIAL
[Bethkis, Tobi, Tobi Podhaler, Tobramycin Sulfate]
57 325
VALGANCICLOVIR HCL 50 MG/ML [Valcyte] 50 277

The following table details the 47 manufacturer / drug / strength / packaging combinations (NDCs) that were added to one or more Medicare Part D formularies in the April 2017 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.

April 2017 Generic Medications Added to Medicare Part D
NDC Generic Drug Name Brand-Name Drug
66993048230 ABACAVIR-LAMIVUDINE 600-300 MG [Epzicom]
57664077383 AMLODIPINE-OLMESARTAN 10-20 MG [Azor]
57664077583 AMLODIPINE-OLMESARTAN 10-40 MG [Azor]
57664077283 AMLODIPINE-OLMESARTAN 5-20 MG [Azor]
57664077483 AMLODIPINE-OLMESARTAN 5-40 MG [Azor]
00781232368 APREPITANT 125 MG CAPSULE [Emend]
00781406336 APREPITANT 125-80-80 MG PACK [Emend]
00781232151 APREPITANT 40 MG CAPSULE [Emend]
00781232268 APREPITANT 80 MG CAPSULE [Emend]
00781716119 CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE-BENZOYL PEROXIDE 1.2-5% [Benzaclin]
00472179060 CLINDAMYCIN-TRETINOIN 1.2%-0.025% [Veltin, Ziana]
00703012501 DAPTOMYCIN 500 MG VIAL [Cubicin]
00781407515 DROSP-EE-LEVOMEF 3-0.02-0.451 [Beyaz, Safyral]
68682001110 ETHACRYNIC ACID 25 MG TABLET [Edecrin]
00378730653 ETHYNODIOL-ETH ESTRA 1MG-50MCG [ZOVIA]
49884022809 EZETIMIBE 10 MG TABLET [Zetia]
62559046190 FENOFIBRATE 150 MG CAPSULE [LIPOFEN]
62559046090 FENOFIBRATE 50 MG CAPSULE [LIPOFEN]
51672529808 FLURANDRENOLIDE 0.05% LOTION [Cordran]
43547027803 IRBESARTAN 150 MG TABLET [Avapro]
62559017331 NILUTAMIDE 150 MG TABLET [Nilandron]
00378711277 OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL 20 MG TAB [Benicar]
00378712493 OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL 40 MG TAB [Benicar]
00378701293 OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL 5 MG TAB [Benicar]
49884078609 OLMSRTN-AMLDPN-HCTZ 20-5-12.5 [TRIBENZOR]
49884078909 OLMSRTN-AMLDPN-HCTZ 40-10-12.5 [TRIBENZOR]
49884079009 OLMSRTN-AMLDPN-HCTZ 40-10-25MG [TRIBENZOR]
49884078709 OLMSRTN-AMLDPN-HCTZ 40-5-12.5 [TRIBENZOR]
49884078809 OLMSRTN-AMLDPN-HCTZ 40-5-25 MG [TRIBENZOR]
47781046813 OSELTAMIVIR PHOS 30 MG CAPSULE [Tamiflu]
47781046913 OSELTAMIVIR PHOS 45 MG CAPSULE [Tamiflu]
47781047013 OSELTAMIVIR PHOS 75 MG CAPSULE [Tamiflu]
10888500102 PARICALCITOL 1 MCG CAPSULE [Zemplar]
10888500202 PARICALCITOL 2 MCG CAPSULE [Zemplar]
10888500302 PARICALCITOL 4 MCG CAPSULE [Zemplar]
49884080602 QUETIAPINE ER 150 MG TABLET [Seroquel]
49884080702 QUETIAPINE ER 200 MG TABLET [Seroquel]
49884080802 QUETIAPINE ER 300 MG TABLET [Seroquel]
16729009712 QUETIAPINE ER 400 MG TABLET [Seroquel]
49884080502 QUETIAPINE ER 50 MG TABLET [Seroquel]
47781013830 RASAGILINE MESYLATE 0.5 MG TABLET [Azilect]
47781013930 RASAGILINE MESYLATE 1 MG TABLET [Azilect]
13668015930 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 40-12.5 MG TB [Micardis]
33342012907 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 80-12.5 MG TB [Micardis]
13668016130 TELMISARTAN-HCTZ 80-25 MG TAB [Micardis]
63323030502 TOBRAMYCIN 10 MG/ML VIAL [Bethkis, Tobi,
Tobi Podhaler,
Tobramycin Sulfate]
00591257920 VALGANCICLOVIR HCL 50 MG/ML [Valcyte]

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 2017 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 Tamiflu (45 mg) may have a retail cost of around $132.16 as a Tier 4 drug (35% co-insurance) and the same plan may now cover the generic equivalent OSELTAMIVIR PHOS 45 MG also as a Tier 4 drug (35% 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.  From past experience, we may find that many Medicare Part D plans discontinue coverage of a brand-name drug in the months following the introduction of a 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 will need to ask your plan for a formulary exception to continue coverage for the brand-name drug.  You can click for a chart showing the trends in formulary coverage for some of the most 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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