Preferred Prescriptions formulary
You can search for preferred drugs online. The online search feature includes a link to find pricing and coverage information.
Your prescription drug program includes an incentive "formulary" feature. The Express Scripts/Medco Drug Formulary is a list of selected FDA-approved prescription medications reviewed by an independent group of distinguished health care professionals. Prescription drugs are subjected to rigorous clinical analysis from the standpoint of efficacy, safety, side effects, drug-to-drug interactions, dosage and cost-benefit in determining whether they are included on or excluded from the formulary.
A formulary is a list of commonly prescribed medications from which your physician may choose to prescribe. The formulary is designed to inform you and your physician about quality medications that, when prescribed in place of other non-formulary medications, can help contain the increasing cost of prescription drug coverage without sacrificing quality. Many therapeutic categories include several drugs of similar effectiveness. Many doctors are often unaware of the significant variations in price among these similar drugs and, as a result, their prescribing decisions often do not consider cost. However, when the cost difference is brought to their attention, doctors will frequently prescribe the less costly medications.