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Prescription Drug Plan 90-Day Supplies Available at Retail Pharmacies

Page last updated: Wednesday, 26-May-2010 20:51:17 EDT

Effective September 1, 2004, the U-M Prescription Drug Plan will allow the purchase of 90-day supplies of medication from retail pharmacies. The previous retail limit was a 34-day supply. The plan change offers an alternative to mail order for larger supplies and the convenience of reduced trips to the pharmacy for prescription refills. However, the lowest-cost option for purchasing larger supplies of medication is through the AdvanceRx mail order pharmacy.

With the new retail supply limits, drug plan members can choose to purchase 90-day supplies of medication from a retail pharmacy for three co-pays, or order 90-day supplies through the AdvanceRx mail order pharmacy for two co-pays, a 33% savings over retail. Currently about 7% of all U-M plan member prescriptions are filled through the AdvanceRx mail order pharmacy.

The change is due to member request for greater convenience. U-M Prescription Drug Plan members expressed the desire to purchase larger supplies at retail pharmacies as an alternative to the mail order pharmacy in feedback received at the Benefits Office and through the 2003 AdvancePCS Customer Satisfaction survey and the SACUA Opinion Poll.

Drug plan members will have the following options for filling prescriptions at retail pharmacies within the AdvancePCS network:

  • One-month supply (up to 34 days) for one (1) co-pay
  • Two-month supply (35 to 60 days) for two (2) co-pays
  • Three-month supply (61 to 90 days) for three (3) co-pays

To have a 90-day supply dispensed, your physician must write your prescription to allow for 90-day quantities. Please discuss with your physician at you next regularly scheduled appointment. Overrides for supplies larger than 90 days needed for extended travel outside the U.S. may be arranged by contacting the Benefits Office.

If you have any questions about the U-M Prescription Drug Plan, please call the HR/Payroll Service Center at 734-615-2000 (local calling) or 866-647-7657 (toll free).

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