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Some vitamin supplements will no longer be covered by Tricare

December 28, 2018 - 1:01 pm

By Julia LeDoux

Some vitamin supplements will no longer be covered by Tricare beginning Jan. 1.

Defense Health Agency spokesman Kevin Dwyer said just under 400 varieties of supplements, including fluoride preparations and multivitamins, are being moved from a preferred drug status to a non-preferred drug status at the start of the new year.

“In addition to reaching out to our network pharmacies, Express Scripts, our pharmacy contractor, began mailing letters this week to approximately 25,000 beneficiaries affected to let them know of the change,” Dwyer said.

Dwyer said that only vitamins which have undergone a review by the Food and Drug Administration in clinical trials are deemed prescription medications and are eligible for coverage.

“The FDA hasn’t reviewed the affected vitamins,” he said.

Dwyer stressed that the change is not the result of any type of problem or issue with the vitamins themselves.

“Beneficiaries may continue to purchase the vitamins over the counter, but they will be required to pay the full cost,” he said.

Dwyer encouraged beneficiaries to consult their health care professionals if they have any questions concerning any medications or vitamin supplements they take.

Beneficiaries who have any questions about their Tricare pharmacy benefit or need any assistance should visit http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE or call 1-877-363-1303.

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