Prescription Drug Information and News

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

May 2019. The following changes to the drug list are effective May 22, 2019:

Formulary Additions

  • Coly-Mycin M add Tier 3
  • Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate injection add Tier 1 with SP and preauthorization
  • Oralone paste add Tier 1
  • Triamcinolone paste add Tier 1
  • Minocycline extended release tablet add Tier 1 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Diclofenac epolamine 1.3% patch add Tier 1 with quantity limit and medical necessity preauthorization
  • Calcium Acetate (phos binder) add Tier 1
  • Pertzye capsule add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Minolira tablet add Tier 1 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Symjepi prefilled syringe add Tier 2 with quantity over time limit
  • Azesco tablet add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Alyq tablet add Tier 1 with SP and preauthorization
  • Motegrity tablet add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Qmiiz ODT tablet add Tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization

Step Therapy Update

  • Silenor tablet - add step therapy

Preauthorization Updates

  • Esbriet tablet remove medical necessity preauthorization

Removed from Formulary

  • Phenazopyridine tablets, Eliphos tablet

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

April 2019. The following changes to the drug list are effective April 22, 2019:

Formulary Additions

  • Phytonadione tablet add to tier 1 with quantity over time limit
  • Mesalamine suppository add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • Synagis solution add to tier 3 with SP and preauthorization
  • Fluticasone-Salmeterol aerosol powder breath activated add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • Silodosin capsule add to tier 1 with quantity limit and step therapy
  • Omnipod Starter Kit add to tier 2
  • Sumatriptan succinate solution prefilled syringe add to tier 1 with quantity over time
  • Oralair Adult Sample Kit 300IR sublingual tablet add to tier 3 with medical necessity pre authorization
  • Oralair Children Starter Pack 100IR sublingual tablet add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Oralair Adult Starter Pack 300IR sublingual tablet add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Oralair Childrens Sample Kit 100 (3) & 300 (6) IR Therapy Pack add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Finacea Foam add to tier 3
  • OmniPod add to tier 2 with quantity limit
  • Nityr tablet add to tier 3 with SP and preauthorization
  • HyperRAB S/D injection add to tier 3
  • HyperRAB injection add to tier 3
  • OmniPod Dash add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • OmniPod Dash System Kit add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Ajovy solution prefilled syringe add to tier 3 with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Emgality solution auto-injector add to tier 3 with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Hailey 24 Fe tablet add to tier 0 with ACA restrictions
  • Actemra ACTPen solution auto-injector add to tier 3 with quantity limit and medical necessity preauthorization
  • Tirosint capsule add to tier 3
  • Aemcolo tablet delayed released add to tier 3
  • Firdapse add to tier 3 with SP and preauthorization
  • Seysara tablet add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization
  • Gamifant solution add to tier 3 with SP and preauthorization
  • Krintafel tablet add to tier 3
  • Emgality solution prefilled syringe add to tier 3 with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Wixela Inhub aerosol powder breath activated add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • Albuterol Sulfate HFA aerosol solution add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • V-Go Kit add to tier 3 with medical necessity preauthorization

Quantity Limit Update

  • Methylergonovine Maleate tablet– update quantity over time
  • Proventil HFA aerosol solution– add quantity limit
  • Ventolin HFA aerosol solution – add quantity limit
  • ProAir HFA aerosol solution – add quantity limit
  • Rapaflo capsule – add quantity limit
  • Rabeprazole sodium delayed release tablet– update quantity limit
  • Mephyton 5mg tablet – update quantity over time
  • Odactra sublingual tablet – add quantity limit
  • Oralair 300IR sublingual tablet – add quantity limit
  • Ragwitek sublingual tablet – add quantity limit
  • Grastek sublingual tablet – add quantity limit
  • Duzallo 200-200 mg tablet – add quantity limit
  • Duzallo 200-300 mg tablet – add quantity limit

Tier Update

  • Mephyton 5mg tablet
  • Proctosol HC 2.5% rectal cream

Preauthorization Updates

  • Odactra sublingual tablet – Remove preauthorization
  • Oralair sublingual tablet – add medical necessity preauthorization
  • Ragwitek sublingual tablet – remove preauthorization
  • Grastek sublingual tablet – remove preauthorization

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

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

May: All States

May 2019. The following changes to the drug list are effective May 22, 2019:

Formulary Addition

  • Hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection add Tier 4 with SP and preauthorization
  • Oralone paste add Tier 1
  • Triamcinolone paste add Tier 1
  • Esbriet capsule add Tier 4 with SP, quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Ofev capsule add Tier 4 with SP, quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Makena injection add Tier 4 with SP and preauthorization
  • Symjepi prefilled syringe add Tier 2 with quantity over time limit
  • Alyq tablet add Tier 3 with SP and preauthorization

Preauthorization Update

  • Desonide ointment– remove preauthorization

Removed from Formulary

  • Cialis 2.5mg and 5mg tablet; consider tadalafil 2.5mg or 5mg tablet

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

April: All States

April 2019. The following changes to the drug list are effective April 22, 2019:

Formulary Additions

  • Halobetasol Propionate ointment add to tier 1
  • Phytonadione tablet add to tier 1 with quantity over time
  • Mesalamine suppository add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • Synagis solution add to tier 4 with SP and preauthorization
  • Fluticasone–Salmeterol aerosol powder breath activated add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • Silodosin capsule add to tier 1 with quantity limit and step therapy
  • OmniPod Starter Kit add to tier 2
  • Ragwitek sublingual tablet add to tier 3 with quantity limit
  • OmniPod add to tier 2 with quantity limit
  • Nityr tablet add to tier 4 with SP and preauthorization
  • Odactra sublingual tablet add to tier 3 with quantity limit
  • Ajovy solution prefilled syringe add to tier 3 with preauthorization and quantity limit
  • Emgality solution auto-injector add to tier 3 with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Hailey 24 Fe tablet add to tier 0 with ACA restrictions
  • Firdapse tablet add to tier 4 with preauthorization
  • Gamifant solution add to tier 4 with preauthorization
  • Emgality solution prefilled syringe add to tier 3 with quantity limit and preauthorization
  • Wixela Inhub aerosol powder breath activated add to tier 1 with quantity limit
  • Albuterol Sulfate HFA aerosol solution – add to tier 1 with quantity limit

Preauthorization Update

  • Grastek sublingual tablet – remove preauthorization

Quantity Limit Update

  • Methylergonovine Maleate tablet – add quantity over time
  • ProAir RespiClick aerosol powder breath activated – add quantity limit
  • Grastek sublingual tablet – add quantity limit

Removed from Formulary

  • Mephyton 5mg tablet; consider phytonadione 5mg tablet
  • Elidel 1% cream; consider pimecrolimus 1% cream
  • Finacea 15% gel; consider azelaic acid 15% gel
  • Rapaflo capsule; consider silodosin capsule
  • Vitamin D tablet, Vitamin D capsule

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

PacificSource Drug Lists—our comprehensive drug list page

Preventive Drug List

Incentive Drug List

Prescription drug claim form

Prescription Drug Preauthorization Request (Fax)

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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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  • Phone: (541) 225-3784
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Last updated 4/16/2019