Tricare reduces pharmacy home delivery copays

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Copayments for some medications provided through Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery are being reduced to zero.

As of Oct. 1, home delivery beneficiaries may fill generic prescriptions at no cost to themselves.

Generic formulary drugs purchased through home delivery currently cost $3 for a 90-day supply.

“These new copays make using Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery more affordable than ever,” said Navy Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, deputy director, Tricare Management Activity. “Home delivery offers a great value for patients taking maintenance medications for chronic conditions.”

The following changes to Tricare pharmacy copayments also go into effect Oct. 1:

  • Non-formulary medications will go from $22 to $25 in both retail and home delivery.
  • Generic formulary drugs purchased at retail pharmacies will increase from $3 to $5.
  • Brand-name formulary drugs from retail pharmacies will increase from $9 to $12.
  • Brand-name formulary drugs purchased through home delivery will have the same $9 copayment.

Copayments for prescriptions filled through home delivery cover a 90-day supply but only cover a 30-day supply when purchased at a retail pharmacy.

“This is the first change to Tricare pharmacy copays since 2002,” Hunter said. “Our goal is to keep costs as low as possible for our beneficiaries and (Department of Defense).”

Service members, military families and retirees are increasingly using home delivery to get their maintenance medications conveniently delivered through U.S. mail.

Use of home delivery has grown by nearly 10 percent in 2011. More than 1 million prescriptions per month are filled through the service.

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