TRICARE Pharmacy Changes Effective Now
Several changes to the TRICARE pharmacy benefit take effect on Feb. 1. First, copays for drugs filled at retail pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery increase slightly. Second, TRICARE Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug coverage becomes a full and permanent part of the TRICARE benefit, requiring that beneficiaries pay the usual generic copays.
If you get your drugs from a military pharmacy, or use Home Delivery to get a generic drug, you will still pay $0. To view all the new copays, visit www.tricare.mil/pharmacycosts.
TRICARE OTC coverage also changes now that it is a full and permanent part of TRICARE pharmacy coverage, not a demonstration project. The biggest change is that the usual generic copays now apply for OTC drugs. This means that OTC drugs you get at a military pharmacy or through Home Delivery will still have no cost, but if you use a retail pharmacy, you will pay $10 for a 30 day supply.
Different OTC drugs will be available as well. Versions of Cetirizine and Loratadine that include pseudoephedrine are now covered, but Prilosec OTC is no longer covered. For more information about the OTC benefit, please visit TRICARE.mil.