McLaren Health Advantage is providing this service to keep members updated and well informed about medications and their pharmacy benefit. Your prescription drug benefit is based on a formulary. Medication placement on the formulary determines your copay.
Present formulary categories are:
- Tier 1 (Generic/Preferred)
- Tier 2 (Brand Preferred)
- Tier 3 (Non-Formulary)
Formularies are reviewed periodically to ensure the highest quality, most cost effective medications are available to you. Consideration is given to generic availability of medications, review of new medications on the market, placement of new suitable alternatives for Non Formulary medications, cost of medications, and any medication recalls. Changes in medication placement can lower your copays.
Remember, most generic medications offer the best value. Generic drugs:
- Have the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug
- Have been proven to be as safe as the brand-name drug
- Work in the body just like the brand-name drug
- Are a safe cost effective alternative to high cost, brand-name
If you are seeking care for a medical issue and your practitioner is prescribing a medication, ask for a medication that is available generically to lower your out of pocket costs.
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