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Formulary Update

The changes in this bulletin apply to all groups that use the Net Cost Formulary.

Withdrawal of Ranitidine

The FDA announced that it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately due to contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

New Controlled Substance Prescription Requirement

As a part of our PBM’s strategy for battling the national opioid epidemic, effective March 1, 2020, home delivery through OptumRx will require e-prescriptions for ALL controlled substances [for example, opioids for pain, stimulant drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)].

Withdrawal of Belviq and Belviq XR by Eisai

The FDA announced the request to voluntarily withdraw Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) from the U.S. market because a safety clinical trial showed an increased occurrence of cancer.

Hurricane Dorian Member Update

We are taking steps to ensure our members’ health care coverage needs are continuous and flexible in the event of a storm.

October 1, 2019 Pharmacy Updates

PAI is making some adjustments to our prescription drug lists and pharmacy programs as part of our continued effort to cover medications that are appropriate, as well as cost-effective, for members.

Pharmacy Changes Effecitve April & May 2019

These updates apply to PAI groups that use the Caremark Preferred Drug List.

2019 Pharmacy Changes

These updates apply to PAI groups that use the Caremark Preferred Drug List.

Triamcinolone Spray Added to Quantity Management Program

Beginning January 1, 2019, we will add Triamcinolone spray to our Quantity Management program. This applies to PAI's self-funded groups that use the Caremark Preferred Drug List.

Pharmacy Changes Effective January 1, 2019

The changes in this bulletin go into effect January 1, 2019, unless noted otherwise. They apply to PAI groups that use the Caremark Preferred Drug List.

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