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July 2019 Drug List Updates: Fourteen (14) new generic drugs added to many Medicare Part D plan formularies.

Category: Monthly Formulary Changes
Published on 2019-07-22 12:56:50


As you may know, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans update their plan formularies (drug lists) throughout the plan year and the July 2019 Medicare Part D formulary updates included 33 new drugs, 14 of which are new generic drugs - with a total of 31 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*

ALBUTEROL HFA 90 MCG INHALER HFA AER AD [Ventolin HFA]18189
ALBUTEROL HFA 90 MCG INHALER HFA AER AD [Ventolin HFA]490
AMBRISENTAN 10 MG TABLET [LETAIRIS]58336
AMBRISENTAN 5 MG TABLET [LETAIRIS]58336
AZITHROMYCIN 500 MG TABLET [Zithromax Tri-Pak]62354
BROMFENAC SODIUM 0.09% EYE DROPS [Xibrom]23246
DEFERASIROX 125 MG TABLET DISPER [Exjade]35254
DEFERASIROX 250 MG TABLET DISPER [Exjade]35254
DEFERASIROX 500 MG TABLET DISPER [Exjade]35254
ERYTHROMYCIN 400 MG/5 ML SUSP Oral Suspension [EryPed]23191
EZETIMIBE 10 MG TABLET [Zetia]62354
FENOFIBRIC ACID DR 45 MG CAPSULE DR [Trilipix]30229
FLURBIPROFEN 0.03% EYE DROPS [Ocufen]60351
FLUVASTATIN ER 80 MG TABLET ER 24H [Lescol XL]11159
LAMOTRIGINE ODT 100 MG TABLET RAPDIS [Lamictal ODT]14203
LAMOTRIGINE ODT 200 MG TABLET RAPDIS [Lamictal ODT]14202
LAMOTRIGINE ODT 50 MG TABLET RAPDIS [Lamictal ODT]14198
LOPREEZA 1 MG-0.5 MG TABLET [Mimvey ]21124
METFORMIN HCL ER 750 MG TABLET ER 24H [Glucophage XR]62354
MIRTAZAPINE 15 MG TABLET [Remeron]62354
MIRTAZAPINE 30 MG TABLET [Remeron]62354
OLMESARTAN-HCTZ 40-12.5 MG TABLET [Benicar HCT]56321
PREDNISONE 10 MG TABLET [Sterapred DS]62354
QUETIAPINE ER 150 MG TABLET ER 24H [Seroquel XR]49297
QUETIAPINE ER 200 MG TABLET ER 24H [Seroquel XR]49297
QUETIAPINE ER 300 MG TABLET ER 24H [Seroquel XR]49297
QUETIAPINE ER 50 MG TABLET ER 24H [Seroquel XR]49297
SEVELAMER HCL 400 MG TABLET [RenaGel]8135
SOLIFENACIN 10 MG TABLET [VESIcare]31205
SOLIFENACIN 5 MG TABLET [VESIcare]31205
TADALAFIL 20 MG TABLET [ALYQ]35232


*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 - or your plan may immediately drop the brand-name drug now that the generic is being introduced
    .
    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 2019 Medicare Part D formulary data.

 








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