Benefits Plans - Prescription Drug Plan: Drug Plan Updates and New Drug Releases -
Benzoyl Peroxide Coverage Ends October 1, 2005
Benzoyl peroxide is a prescription medication that has over-the-counter (OTC) alternatives. Effective October 1, 2005, the University of Michigan Prescription Drug Plan will no longer cover benzoyl peroxide. Comparable benzoyl peroxide products can be purchased without a prescription for $5 to $10, which is less than the average co-pay amount of $19 (mail and retail) paid by U-M plan members for prescription benzoyl peroxide in the first part of 2005.
Over-the-counter medications and any prescription medication that contains the same active ingredient(s) as an existing over-the-counter medication are not covered by the University of Michigan Prescription Drug Plan.
Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient in such brand prescription products as: Benzagel®, Benzashave®, Brevoxyl®, Desquam®, and Triaz®.
You may wish to consult you local pharmacist regarding OTC products comparable to your previously prescribed prescription benzoyl peroxide product. Most retail stores have ‘store brand’ benzoyl peroxide products at very reasonable prices. For your convenience a guide to comparable OTC products is available from the link below.
The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.