RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines


Posted by Service Officer on July 31st, 2008

On 24 JUL the Beneficiary Advisory Panel (BAP) met to provide comments to the Department of Defense (DoD) Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee’s (P&T Committee) recommendations on formulary status, pre-authorizations, and the effective date for a drug’s change from formulary to non-formulary status. Moving a drug to non-formulary status means it will still be available to beneficiaries, but usually at a higher price. It may also require medication authorization. Current and new drugs were reviewed during this meeting. BAP recommendations for drugs currently on the DoD Uniform Formulary are as follows:

Hydroxytryptamine (Triptans) drugs:

• sumatriptan (Imitrex), sumatriptan/naproxen (Treximet), eletriptan (Relpax), rizatriptan (Maxalt), zolmitriptan (Zomig) will be classified as formulary, and

• almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova) and naratriptan (Amerge) will be non-formulary within a 90-day implementation period.

Osteoporosis Agents:

• alendronate (Fosamax), alendronate/vitamin D (Fosamax plus D), risedronate (Actonel), risedronate with calcium (Actonel with calcium), ibandronate (Boniva), raloxifene (Evista), teriparatide (Forteo), recombinant calcitonin (Fortical) will be maintained on the Uniform Formulary, and

• salmon-calcitonin (Miacalcin) will be placed on the non-formulary status within a 90-day implementation period.

Newly approved drugs by the Federal Drug Administration were considered by the BAP. Those recommended to be classified as non-formulary with a 60-day implementation period were:

• nebivolol (Bystolic) is used to treat hypertension,

• levocetirizine (Xyzal) is used to treat seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria,

• zileuton extended release (Zyfol CR) is used to treat asthma, and

• olmesartan/amlodipine (Azor) is used to treat hypertension.

New drugs that were recommended for formulary status were:

• fenofibrate meltdose (Fenoglide) is used for the treatment of hyperlipidemia and mixed dyslipidemia,

• simvastatin/niacin extended release (Simcor) is used for the treatment of hyperlipidemia,

• birmonidine/timolol maleate (Combigan) is used to reduce the increase intraocular pressure; aliskiren/H, and

• aliskiren/hysdrochlorothiazide (Tekturna HCT) is used for the treatment of hypertension.

Axert was placed on non-formulary status. For additional information on the recent BAP meeting, refer to www.tricare.mil/pharmacy/bap. [Source: NMFA e-News 29 Jul 08 ++]

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