By GREGORY N. HEIRES
Low-dose generic statins will be provided for free by members’ health-care plans instead of the DC 37 prescription drug benefit.
This change meets a requirement of the Affordable Health Care Act and goes into effect July 1.
To fill statin prescriptions, members ages 40 to 75 need to present their health insurance card when filling statin prescriptions at their pharmacy. Under the ACA, low-dose statins are free.
Members outside of the 40-75 years age group will continue to be covered by the DC 37 prescription drug benefit.
The low-cost statins include atorvastatin (10 mg tablet), fluvastatin ER (20 mg); fluvastatin sodium (20 mg) and fluvastatin sodium (40 mg); lovastatin (20 mg), lovastatin (40 mg) and lovastatin (80 mg); pravastatin sodium (10 mg), pravastatin sodium (20 mg), pravastatin sodium (40 mg) and pravastatin sodium (80 mg); rosuvastatin calcium (5 mg) and rosuvastatin calcium (10 mg), and simvastatin (5 mg), simvastatin (10 mg), simvastatin (20 mg), and simvastatin (40 mg).
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