Certain medications may require predefined criteria before being approved for coverage. Other drugs may have daily or monthly limits recommended by the Food and Drug Administration, the drugs manufacturer, and/or peer-reviewed medical literature. These instances may require a doctors request for preapproval or prior authorization.
The following guidelines, developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, are meant to help members understand the requirements related to their pharmacy coverage. Healthcare providers should use their best medical judgment in providing the care they feel is most appropriate for their patients.
Please note: Some employer groups may have specific drug coverage requirements for their employees that are not included in the criteria below.
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|Product Name||Implementation Date||Guideline|
|CIMZIA®||06/23/09||Cimzia may be subject to step therapy requirements. Patients must have trial and failure of Humira AND Enbrel. The limits are two 200 mg vials or syringes per 28 days. One starter kit (containing 6 syringes) is available per 180 days.|
|COCET PLUS®||01/01/11||The limits are 6 tablets per day.|
|COCET®||04/01/13||The limits are 6 tablets per day.|
|CODEINE||01/01/13||The limits are 180 tablets per 30 days.|
|COMBIVENT||04/01/12||The limits are 2 inhalers per 30 days.|
|COMBIVENT RESPIMAT||07/01/12||The limits are 2 inhalers per 30 days.|
|COMBIVIR||07/01/12||The limits are 2 tablets per day.|
|COMBUNOX®||05/01/05||The limits are 120 tablets per 30 days.|
|COMETRIQ™||04/01/13||Prior authorization for medical necessity is required. The limits are 1 kit/28 days.|
|COMPLERA||07/01/12||The limits are 1 tablet per day.|
|COMPOUNDS||01/01/00||Prior authorization for medical necessity may be required.|
|CONCERTA®||11/01/02||The limits are 2 tablets per day.|
|CONZIP®||01/01/12||The limits are 30 capsules per 30 days.|
|COPAXONE®||10/01/12||The limits are 1 carton of 30 syringes per 30 days.|
|COZAAR®||01/01/11||Cozaar may be subject to step therapy requirements. Patients must have trial and failure of both of the following: 1) generic ACE inhibitor or generic ARB, AND 2) preferred brand ARB (Diovan, Exforge/HCT, Micardis/HCT).|