Prescription Drug Information and News

Our PacificSource Drug Lists are updated monthly.
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Preferred Drug List (PDL) Changes

November 2017. The following changes to the drug list are effective November 22, 2017:

Formulary Additions

  • Atomoxetine capsule add Tier 1 with quantity limit, and stimulants preauthorization
  • Olopatadine 0.2% solution add Tier 1
  • Sevelamer Carbonate packet add Tier 1
  • Buprenophine Patch add Tier 1 with step therapy and quantity limit
  • Doxepin 5% cream (Zonalon, Prudoxin) add Tier 1 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Siliq add Tier 3, SP with quantity and medical necessity preauthorization
  • Nolix add Tier 1 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Nerlynx add Tier 3, SP with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Idhifa add Tier 3, SP with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • ArmonAir RespiClick, FloLipid add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization

Removed from Formulary

  • Granirelix, Endometrin, miscellaneous dermatological products

Tier update

  • Renvela packet change Tier 2 to Tier 4; consider sevelamer carbonate packet

Preauthorization update

  • Abilify Maintena, capecitabine (Xeloda), and Jakafi add preauthorization
  • Levorphanol tablet add medical necessity preauthorization

Quantity Limit update

  • Diastat gel update quantity limit

October 2017. The following changes to the drug list are effective October 22, 2017:

Formulary Additions

  • Ezetimibe-Simvastatin add Tier 1
  • Intrarosa add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Syndros add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Jadenu Sprinkle add Tier 3, SP, and preauthorization
  • Mydayis add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Haegarda add Tier 3, SP, and preauthorization
  • Benlysta add Tier 3, SP, quantity limit, and preauthorization

Tier Update

  • Vytorin change Tier 2 to Tier 3; consider ezetimibe-simvastatin

Preauthorization Update

  • Armodafinil remove preauthorization
  • Osphena and Nuvigil add medical necessity preauthorization

See the PacificSource Drug Lists page for the current drug list.

State-based Drug List (ID, MT, OR) Changes

November: Idaho and Montana Changes

For Oregon changes, see the next section below.

November 2017. The following changes to the drug list are effective November 22, 2017:

Removed from Formulary

  • Android capsule; consider methyltestosterone
  • Aubagio, Avonex; consider Glatopa, Tecfidera, Copaxone 40mg
  • Copaxone 20 mg; consider Glatopa 20 mg
  • EpiPen Jr 2-Pak; Epinephrine solution 0.15mg/0.3ml
  • Cordan tape; consider betamethasone dipropionate, betamethasone valerate,  halobetasol
  • Phenoxybenzamine powder; Phenoxybenamine capsule
  • Enjuvia; product discontinued
  • Tekturna HCT, Ilaris, Kineret

Preauthorization update

  • Desonide, Picato gel add medical necessity preauthorization
  • Phenoxybenzamine capsule add preauthorization
  • Desonate gel remove preauthorization

Tier update

  • Ribavirin, Intron A, Tobramycin nebulization solution, Rebetol solution, Ribasphere capsule, Sildenafil tablet, Ribasphere tablet, Emsam patch, Pegasys, Banzel, Adcirca, Ampyra, Gilenya, Neudexta, Pegasys ProClick, Tecfidera, Copaxone 40 mg, PegIntron, Glatopa 20 mg with Tier update

Quantity Limit update

  • Divalproex Sodium ER with quantity limit update
  • Extavia, Glatopa 20 mg add quantity limit

See the PacificSource Drug Lists page for the current drug list. 

November: Oregon Changes

November 2017. The following changes to the drug list are effective November 22, 2017:

Removed from Formulary

  • Android capsule; consider methyltestosterone
  • Aubagio, Avonex; consider Glatopa, Tecfidera, Copaxone 40mg
  • Copaxone 20 mg; consider Glatopa 20 mg
  • EpiPen Jr 2-Pak; consider Epinephrine solution 0.15mg/0.3ml
  • Cordan tape; consider betamethasone dipropionate, betamethasone valerate,  halobetasol
  • Phenoxybenzamine powder; consider Phenoxybenamine capsule
  • Enjuvia; product discontinued
  • Tekturna HCT, Ilaris, Kineret

Preauthorization update

  • Desonide, Picato gel add medical necessity preauthorization
  • Phenoxybenzamine capsule add preauthorization
  • Desonate gel remove preauthorization

Tier update

  • Phenoxybenzamine capsule, Ribavirin, Divalproex Sodium ER, Ribasphere, Tobramycin nebulization solution, Sildenafil tablet, Emsam patch, Banzel, Gilenya, Neudexta, Tecfidera, Copaxone 40 mg, Glatopa 20 mg with Tier update

Quantity Limit update

  • Divalproex Sodium ER with quantity limit update
  • Extavia, Glatopa 20 mg add quantity limit

See the PacificSource Drug Lists page for the current drug list. 

October: Idaho, Montana, and Oregon Changes

October 2017. The following changes to the drug list are effective October 22, 2017:

Formulary Additions

  • Ezetimibe-Simvastatin add Tier 1
  • Haegarda add Tier 4, SP, and preauthorization
  • Benlysta subcutaneous injection add Tier 4, SP, preauthorization, and quantity limit

Removed from Formulary

  • Vytorin; consider ezetimibe-simvastatin
  • Nuvigil; consider armodafinil

Preauthorization Update

  • Armodafinil remove preauthorization

See the PacificSource Drug Lists page for the current drug list.

Non-FDA Approved Compounding Agents

A compounded medication is when a pharmacist combines multiple ingredients together. Compounded claims often use what we called "bulk powders." These powders act as a mixing agent/congealing agent to hold the finished product together. These ingredients may not always be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), thus may not have been reviewed for safety and efficacy. To ensure you are taking medications proven to be safe and effective, beginning August 1, 2017, the non-FDA approved ingredients will be removed from coverage on your plan.

Examples of common non-FDA approved agents:

  • Cellulose (bulk) powder
  • Alcohol, usp 95%
  • Cream base
  • Fatty acid base
  • Gelatin capsules (empty)
  • Hypromellose (bulk) powder
  • Hormone cream base
  • Propylene glycol liquid
  • Thyroid powder
  • Silica gel
  • Stevia (bulk) powder
  • Vitamin E acetate (bulk) liquid

See the non-FDA approved bulk powder agents for the full list >

“Partial Fill” Lets a Patient Test a New Prescription

As you know, some drugs not only have a high cost, but have side effects that make them hard to tolerate for long-term use. Beginning February 22, 2016, these medications will be dispensed in a limited amount, on the first fill only, for half the normal copay. This “partial fill” will act as a trial period to see if the patient is able to successfully take the drug. 

A week into the first fill, a Caremark Specialty Care Team pharmacist or nurse will contact the patient. They will check on side effects and see if the patient was able to tolerate the drug. The Care Team will also answer questions and concerns about the treatment. If the trial period is a success, the patient will continue the drug. After this initial trial, all future fills will be for the full amount. 

On our drug lists, partial-fill drugs are identified by “Partial Fill” in the Restrictions column.

Partial-fill drugs include:

  • Afinitor
  • Bosulif
  • Erivedge
  • Gleevec
  • Inlyta
 
  • Jakafi
  • Nexavar
  • Odomzo
  • Sprycel
  • Sutent
 
  • Tafinlar
  • Tarceva
  • Targretin
  • Tasigna
  • Votrient
 
  • Xalkori
  • Xtandi
  • Zolinza
  • Zykadia
  • Zytiga
 

Preauthorization and Step Therapy Drug Lists with Criteria

Our Preauthorization Policies and Step Therapy Policies documents contain lists of drugs that require preauthorization or that are Step Therapy drugs, as well as their criteria. These two documents replace the one-page "PDL/VDL Preauthorization and Step Therapy Drug Lists" document. You may also use Preauthorization Policies to access our coverage rules for compound medications.

Flu and Pertussis Vaccination Coverage

Our flu vaccination page now includes information about your coverage for whooping cough (pertussis), as well as seasonal flu vaccination and general information.

Consumer Updates from the FDA

Quick Links

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Cool Tools for Managing Your Rx

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Why Choose Generics?

Generic prescription medicines are safe, effective, and a good value. Save money by using them instead of brand name drugs whenever possible.

Questions?

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Last updated 10/23/2017