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These products are 3rd-tier bait

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These products are 3rd-tier bait

MANAGED CARE July 2001. ©MediMedia USA

More than any other classes of drugs, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and proton-pump inhibitors are affected by three-tier formularies. Nearly 4 in 5 HMOs that use a three-tier system will put one or more HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors for treatment of hypercholesterolemia on the third copayment tier, while more than 9 in 10 pharmacy benefit managers will do the same with at least one PPI. Pharmacy executives surveyed by the consultant Scott-Levin say high utilization and the availability of therapeutic equivalents invite use of the third tier for the three most-often-named classes. Products used to treat chronic conditions also commonly earn consideration for the highest tier.

Products routinely considered for third tier



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