The Pharmacy Pre-approval Program includes four types of reviews:
You can use our Rx Search tool to see if a drug falls into one or more of these categories.
To request a review, the pharmacy or the provider needs to contact our Pharmacy Services Center at 888-261-1756 or fax in a drug-specific online form (see Pre-approval Drugs section).
A formulary exception review is required if the Rx plan listed on the member's ID card is: X1, X3, or X4, and the drug you've selected in the Rx Search tool displays the non-formulary symbol. For these drugs, submit a review using the Pharmacy Formulary Exception Request fax form. If the exception is approved, level cost share is charged based on whether the drug is generic, brand, or specialty. Learn more about leveled drug benefits.
Once the medication is reviewed, we fax a decision to the requesting provider and send the member a confirmation letter about the prescription coverage decision.
Medications for certain conditions-such as migraines, diabetes, or high blood pressure-may need to meet certain requirements before a prescription is covered. See the Pre-approval Drugs section to see if the drug requires a Pre-approval, quantity limit, or step therapy review.
Type in the name of the drug to view pre-approval criteria, the drug's corresponding medical policy, and a link to an online fax form. In addition to the drug-specific fax form, you can use the Pharmacy Pre-approval Request fax form to submit all types of pre-approval requests.
Note: This list shows drugs that require pharmacy prior authorization that are common to all plans. For drug review requirements specific to your plan, log in and use My Rx Choices to find out if your drug requires pharmacy prior authorization.
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Requests are often approved in real time when established clinical criteria are met.