Several other drugs will be removed as well effective January 1st.  Viagra of course is a big name drug that we have all known for years, so now it’s the battle of the ED drugs.  There’s also a lawsuit filed in California with CVS overcharging consumer for drugs as well.  $135 is the cost for 90-day supply of a generic version of Fosamax for osteoporosis, but if you pay cash it’ $12 and you become an Outlier.  This is interesting as imageI had that recent conversation with a pharmacist on the predictive medication adherence program that’s now rating you on a secret scoring system and you can’t get that score at all. 

You default to one star of non or little compliance if they can’t find enough data to prove that you can be compliant.  It’s a good read and also look at this angle as well, it’s more costly to be covered by a drug plan as you have all the data processing and selling that goes with it, versus a much smaller amount with paying cash.  CVS has to cover their costs for supplying all the data they mine on you is pretty much what I figure is going on here.  They have to distribute all this data to your insurance company and also send such data to their own CVS data base for further behavioral analytics, so be the winner and pay cash and never mind that you are now an Outlier.  Read the link below and your jaw will drop when you see what’s going on with the data game.  Drug companies love to blame consumers when drug sales are down or lost.

Patients Who Pay “Cash” When Filling Prescriptions Are Now Called “Outliers, Pharmacists Required to Fix Outliers as They Show Up As Non Medication Adherence Compliant With 5 Star Systems Full of Flawed Data…

A total of 26 drugs are on the list to be removed and the full listing can be found here.  BD


For example, those customers who take Pfizer's Viagra, a well-known medication for erectile dysfunction, can still find the drug on CVS shelves, but the company will no longer help with the cost. However, customers will still be able to receive coverage for Eli Lilly & Co.'s Cialis, which the company deemed a cheaper, yet adequate alternative.

Other drugs removed from CVS/Caremark's formulary include:

  • Abilify (antipsychotic)
  • Amitiza (irritable bowel disease)
  • Cymbalta (depression)
  • Fosrenol (kidney disease)
  • Diovan (high blood pressure)
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2015/08/06/cvs-drops-viagra/31227269/

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