Benefits Plans - Prescription Drug Plan: new mail order pharmacy announced
U-M Prescription Drug Plan selects new mail service pharmacy
from The University Record, July 11, 2011
Beginning Sept. 1, 2011, the U-M Prescription Drug Plan will provide prescription drug mail order service through NoviXus Pharmacy Services, replacing Walgreens mail service. Overall administration of the university’s prescription drug plan will continue under informedRx/SXC, and only mail order pharmacy service will switch from Walgreens mail service to NoviXus. The change of mail order pharmacy service vendors will impact only mail order prescriptions and will not alter other U-M prescription drug plan features, coverage, or member co-pay amounts.
NoviXus Pharmacy Services, located in Novi, MI, is the first mail order pharmacy in the state of Michigan. To ensure quality and safety, a pharmacist is involved in both the review and the dispensing of every prescription order. If a question about a prescription order arises, a NoviXus Pharmacy Services pharmacist will contact the prescriber. In addition, all of the patient care specialists working in the NoviXus customer service center are certified pharmacy technicians who are required to maintain their professional accreditation. NoviXus also offers one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist. U-M prescription drug plan members will be able to consult with a pharmacist over the phone or submit a question to a pharmacist through the NoviXus website.
“NoviXus was selected to handle prescription mail service for the university in part because it offers shorter turnaround times, outstanding customer service, participates with e-prescribing, and provides the best overall savings opportunities compared to other mail order pharmacies,” says Keith Bruhnsen, prescription drug plan manager and assistant director in the Benefits Office.
Mail service can be used for 90-day supplies of maintenance medications on which the patient is already stabilized. Maintenance medications are long-term prescriptions that are taken regularly, such as medication to control blood pressure or cholesterol.
“Mail order pharmacy service provides convenience and cost savings to our members who are taking prescribed maintenance medications,” says Cheryl Kaltz, lead clinical pharmacist for the University of Michigan prescription drug plan. “They can have 90-day supplies mailed directly to their homes for the cost of only two co-pays, saving one-third of the cost they would spend for the same medication at a retail pharmacy.” The co-pay discount will be available only from NoviXus mail service.
The transition to NoviXus Pharmacy Services for mail service is expected to save money for the university through a reduction in administrative fees and increased discounts on drug costs.
In July and August, all U-M prescription drug plan members who currently receive prescription drugs through Walgreens mail service will receive a letter from informedRx/SXC with instructions on how to set up a mail order account with NoviXus. On Sept. 1, mail order prescriptions with open valid refills will be automatically transferred from Walgreens mail service to NoviXus Pharmacy Services. Some prescriptions for controlled substances may not be transferred and members will be notified to obtain a new prescription from their health care provider.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Currently using mail order: FAQs about the transition to NoviXus Pharmacy Services
- All U-M Prescription Drug Plan members: General FAQs about mail order pharmacy service and NoviXus Pharmacy Services
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