TRICARE Will Stop Covering Some Compound Medications
Recently, TMA (TRICARE Management Activity) sent a letter to 44,000 beneficiaries announcing important information about compound medication coverage. Pharmacy compounding is a practice in which a licensed pharmacist combines ingredients at the pharmacy to alter a prescription to an individual’s specific needs. The pharmacist may combine a conventional medication with other ingredients or eliminate an allergen.
The TRICARE pharmacy benefit
covers medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Some compound prescriptions use ingredients that are not
FDA-approved. If a beneficiary’s compound medication contains such
ingredients, they should have received a letter from Express Scripts
Inc. indicating that the prescription will no longer be covered as of