Medication Information Center

What are Formulary Medications?

Formulary drugs are reviewed and recommended by Highmark Wholecare's P&T Committee. Each medicine is chosen based on safety, quality and cost. These drugs should be used by doctors and pharmacists when they are a good fit.

View the latest Formulary Changes
Learn how to search the Drug List

Extended Days Medication Supply

Highmark Wholecare offers an extended day supply of select generic medications for diabetes, asthma, cholesterol, blood pressure, mental health and more. Save money on co-pays and make less trips to the pharmacy!

View the complete list of medications covered for an extended day supply.

What do I need to know? 

Compounded Prescriptions
Compounded prescriptions are considered formulary drugs provided they contain at least one listed formulary drug in the final product. A claim for a compounded prescription should be submitted using either the national drug code (NDC) of the most expensive legend ingredient or may be submitted with all NDCs used in the compound. The software should be able to flag the prescription as a "Compounded Prescription." The compound ingredient cost must be manually entered by the pharmacy when submitting the most expensive legend ingredient. If the multi-ingredient compound logic is used the compound cost will be automatically calculated. Payment will only be made for FDA approved drugs and drugs not excluded from payment by Medical Assistance.


Generic Drugs 
Generic substitution is required when an equivalent generic drug is available. Generic drugs are subject to specific reimbursement levels, such as Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) price reimbursements. Drugs that are available in generic form will appear in bold. The bold font indicates that the generic drug product is on the formulary, but the branded product is not. Requests for "Brand Necessary" medications will be considered a nonformulary medication request and will require authorization. The Highmark Wholecare Request for Nonformulary Drug Coverage Form must be submitted with sufficient documentation to substantiate medical necessity of the brand name medication. Physicians are encouraged to prescribe generic medications whenever clinically appropriate.


Quantity Limits
For certain drugs, Highmark Wholecare limits the amount of the drug that Highmark Wholecare will cover. For example, Highmark Wholecare provides coverage for 9 tablets of sumatriptan (generic Imitrex) 100mg every 30 days. Prescriptions in excess of the covered monthly quantity would require a medical exception request from the prescribing physician. Medications with quantity limits are denoted by QL in the online formulary. Quantity limits are based on the FDA recommended dosing.

Non-Covered Drugs

Non-covered drugs include the following categories:

  • Nonlegend drugs in the form of troches, lozenges, throat tablets, cough drops, chewing gum, mouthwashes and similar items
  • Drugs and devices not approved by the FDA or whose use is not approved by the FDA
  • Placebos
  • Legend and nonlegend soaps, cleansing agents, dentifrices, mouthwashes, douche solutions, diluents, ear wax removal agents, deodorants, liniments, antiseptics, irrigants, emollients and other personal care items
  • Legend and nonlegend food supplements and substitutes
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) items
  • Items prescribed or ordered by a physician who has been barred or suspended from participating in the Medical Assistance Program
  • Fertility promoting agents
  • Drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction
  • Agents prescribed for cosmetic purposes or approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes only

Over the Counter Medications

Learn More about Over the Counter Medications

Drug Safety and Recalls

Highmark Wholecare provides drug safety information through FDA-approved medication guides.  If any medications become unavailable due to safety concerns, Highmark Wholecare will notify you and your doctor. You should consult your doctor to determine if you should stop taking the discontinued drug and discuss alternative options. For proper disposal of the drug, contact the pharmacy or consult with your doctor. If there are concerns about coverage for alternative drugs, your doctor can contact Highmark Wholecare.

A drug recall is the most effective way to protect the public from a defective or potentially harmful product. A recall is a voluntary action taken by a company at any time to remove a defective drug product from the market. For more information about drug recalls, visit the FDA website.

Highmark Wholecare ONLY covers Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs.