Compound drugs are:
Express Scripts screens each ingredient to make sure:
This step usually takes less than 5 seconds to complete.
If the compound drug—or any ingredient in it—doesn’t pass the first step, your pharmacist can:
This step happens while you wait at the pharmacy. It may take 15-20 minutes.
Your doctor can request prior authorization for the compound drug if they can’t substitute an ingredient or prescribe a different drug for you. This allows Express Scripts to individually review your prescription to make sure it's safe, effective and medically necessary.
To request prior authorization:
This step usually takes about 5 days from when Express Scripts gets all the necessary paperwork.
If your compound drug doesn’t get approved, you have 90 days to request a formal appeal.
Last Updated 4/1/2016
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