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August 2018 Drug List Updates: Thirty-one new generic drugs added to many Medicare Part D plan formularies.

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published on 2018-08-29 14:10:53


As you may know, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans update their plan formularies (drug lists) throughout the plan year and the August 2018 Medicare Part D formulary updates included 104 new drugs, 31 of which are new generic drugs - with a total of 43 new generic equivalents (variations of manufacturer, drug-strength, and packaging).

Below is a full list of the new generics added to the 2018 Medicare Part D (PDP) and Medicare Advantage plan (MAPD) formularies:


Generic Drug Equivalent [Brand-Name Drug]

Number of
PDP
Formularies*

Number of
MAPD
Formularies*

BEKYREE 28 DAY TABLET [VIORELE] 52 296
BUPRENORPHINE 10 MCG/HR PATCH [Butrans] 13 97
BUPRENORPHINE 20 MCG/HR PATCH [Butrans] 13 97
BUPRENORPHINE 5 MCG/HR PATCH [Butrans] 13 97
CIPROFLOXACIN 0.2% OTIC SOLN DROPERETTE [Cetraxal] 21 159
CLOFARABINE 20 MG/20 ML VIAL [Clolar] 50 274
CLONAZEPAM 0.5 MG TABLET [Klonopin] 63 341
CLONAZEPAM 1 MG TABLET [Klonopin] 63 341
CLONAZEPAM 2 MG TABLET [Klonopin] 63 341
CLOZAPINE ODT 12.5 MG TABLET RAPDIS [Fazaclo] 63 340
COLESEVELAM 625 MG TABLET [WelChol] 39 199
DACTINOMYCIN 0.5 MG VIAL [Cosmegen] 46 240
DIDANOSINE DR 200 MG CAPSULE DR [Videx EC] 63 341
ESTARYLLA 0.25-0.035 MG TABLET [VyLibra] 58 286
GRISEOFULVIN ULTRA 250 MG Tablet [Gris-Peg] 56 289
INTROVALE 0.15-0.03 MG TABLET TBDSPK 3MO [Setlakin] 60 309
LACTULOSE 10 GM/15 ML SOLUTION [Constulose] 63 341
LORYNA 3 MG-0.02 MG TABLET [Yaz] 53 288
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE 150 MG/ML VIAL [Depo-Provera] 63 332
METHADONE HCL 200 MG/20 ML VIAL [Dolophine] 29 192
METHYLPHENIDATE ER 72 MG TABLET ER 24 [RELEXXII] 9 70
METHYLPHENIDATE LA 10 MG CAP CPBP 50-50 [Ritalin LA] 15 148
METHYLPHENIDATE LA 30 MG CAP CPBP 50-50 [Ritalin LA] 17 150
MILI 0.25-0.035 MG TABLET [VyLibra] 55 293
MOXIFLOXACIN 400 MG/250 ML BAG PIGGYBACK [Avelox I.V.] 29 165
NORETH-ESTRAD-FE 1-0.02(24)-75 Chewable Tablet [Minastrin] 20 80
PALONOSETRON 0.25 MG/5 ML VIAL [Aloxi] 21 106
PILOCARPINE 1% EYE DROPS [Pilocar] 60 323
PILOCARPINE 2% EYE DROPS [Pilocar] 60 323
PILOCARPINE 4% EYE DROPS [Pilocar] 60 323
QUETIAPINE ER 150 MG Tablet ER 24H [Seroquel XR] 52 309
QUETIAPINE ER 200 MG Tablet ER 24H [Seroquel XR] 52 309
QUETIAPINE ER 300 MG Tablet ER 24H [Seroquel XR] 52 309
QUETIAPINE ER 50 MG Tablet ER 24H [Seroquel XR] 52 309
RECLIPSEN 28 DAY TABLET [Solia] 60 315
SYEDA 28 TABLET [Zarah] 54 270
TIGECYCLINE 50 MG VIAL [Tygacil] 59 326
TRI-MILI 28 TABLET [Trinessa] 55 292
TRI-VYLIBRA 28 TABLET [Trinessa] 55 283
TRIAMCINOLONE 0.1% LOTION [Kenalog] 60 327
VALPROIC ACID 500 MG/10 ML Solution [Depakene] 63 341
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 37.5 MG TAB ER 24 [Venlafaxine] 18 172
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 MG TABLET 24 [Venlafaxine] 18 173
*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 2018 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 Emend (40 mg) may be a Tier 4 drug (45% co-insurance) and the same plan may now cover the generic equivalent APREPITANT 40 MG CAPSULE also as a Tier 4 drug (45% 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. 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 July 2018 Medicare Part D formulary data.






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