The TRICARE Management Activity Uniform Business Office has announced several changes in Military Health System pharmacy charges, which took effect Jan. 3.
TMA’s new pricing methodology sets charges for pharmaceuticals at the same level TRICARE would reimburse for similar drugs under its retail pharmacy program.
Beneficiaries may notice a price change in current prescriptions. Although some pharmaceuticals may be priced higher, the majority of prescription drugs will be available at the same or a lower price. Approximately 14 percent of the current prices will remain the same, and 55 percent will be less.
TMA UBO has added a $2 dispensing fee consistent with the average allowable dispensing fee under TRICARE Retail Pharmacy.
Prices for most over-the-counter drugs will not change significantly.
TMA reminds beneficiaries that the military pharmacy may not always be the lowest cost option, and encourages patients to compare prices with other commercial pharmaceutical sources to ensure the lowest cost.
The Europe Regional Medical Command UBO will offer an updated Pharmacy Pricing Estimator Tool with the new military pharmacy rates upon TMA release through its Web site at www.eubo.healthcare.hqusareur.army.mil.
For questions on the changes and what they mean, contact the ERMC Uniform Business Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab on the EUBO Web page.
Although some pharmaceuticals may be priced higher, the majority of prescription drugs will be available at the same or a lower price. Approximately 14 percent … will remain the same, and 55 percent will be less.