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Tricare will increase co-payments for some drugs purchased at retail pharmacies, while dropping co-payments for some bought through the company’s home-delivery program.

“These new co-pays make using Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery more affordable than ever,” Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, Tricare management activity deputy director, said in a release. “Home delivery offers a great value for patients taking maintenance medications for chronic conditions.”

Under the changes that take effect on Oct. 1, the co-payment for:

A 90-day supply of generic formulary drugs purchased via home delivery will drop from $3 to $0.Generic formulary drugs purchased at retail pharmacies will increase from $3 to $5.Brand-name formulary drugs from retail pharmacies will go from $9 to $12.Non-formulary medications purchased at retail pharmacies and via home delivery will go from $22 to $25.Brand-name formulary drugs purchased through home delivery will have the same $9 co-payment.

Co-payments for prescriptions filled through home delivery cover a 90-day supply, but only a 30-day supply when purchased at a retail pharmacy.

“This is the first change to TRICARE pharmacy co-pays since 2002,” Hunter said. “Our goal is to keep costs as low as possible for our beneficiaries and (Department of Defense).”

Military, their families and retirees are increasingly using home delivery to get their maintenance medications delivered through U.S. mail – saving Tricare about $30 million in 2010, according to the company release.

Home delivery has grown in 2011 by nearly 10 percent over 2010, it said. More than 1 million prescriptions per month are filled through the service.

For more information about changes, go to www.tricare.mil/pharmacy.

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