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Prescription Drug Benefit

Overview

The Vanderbilt Health Plan includes a prescription drug benefit managed by Navitus Health Solutions. The prescription drug benefit is a multi-level formulary (i.e., list of covered drugs) with a recommended generic program.

Not all prescription drugs are covered by the Vanderbilt Group Health Care Plan. Some prescription drugs require prior authorization from Navitus Health Solutions before the prescription can be filled.

For questions regarding your prescription drug program, contact Navitus Health Solutions at 866.333.2757 or www.navitus.com.

Formulary

The formulary is the list of drugs covered under the Vanderbilt Health Care Plan. You can see the list on the Navitus member website:

  1. Go to www.navitus.com
  2. Click on the link for Members and then click on the link for Member Login
    • If you have already registered, enter your User ID and Password. Then answer the security question.
    • If you haven't registered yet, click on the link for Click here for new registrations. You will need your Navitus ID number, found on your Navitus card. You will be prompted to create a userID and password - neither can contain your first OR last names, NavitusID number or birthdate.
  3. Once you have logged in with your user name and password, you will see the homepage of the Navi-Gate website.
  4. Click on the link for Formulary in the left column.
  5. You can download a Quick Reference Formulary or a Complete Formulary.

If you need help, contact Navitus Customer Care toll-free with the number listed on your Navitus card. Navitus Customer Care is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).

Vanderbilt and In-Network Pharmacies

The Vanderbilt Health Plan encourages faculty and staff to use the Vanderbilt pharmacies, where you will get the $1 maintenance generics and the best price for all other prescriptions. The Vanderbilt pharmacies are located in:

  • The Vanderbilt Clinic
  • Medical Center East
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks

The Navitus pharmacy network is also available and includes most major retail pharmacies. Click here for a list of major retailers in the Navitus network.

Mail Order Service

Mail order service is available through the Vanderbilt Mail Order Pharmacy and is an easy way for you to purchase a 90-day supply of your long-term or maintenance medications. The prescriptions can be mailed to your home or picked up at the Vanderbilt Pharmacy of your choice.

For more information on how to start the mail order service, call the Vanderbilt Pharmacy mail order service at 615.875.0078 or visit the Vanderbilt Ambulatory Pharmacy Services webpage.

Specialty Drugs

Coverage of specialty drugs is available only when filled through one of the Vanderbilt pharmacies. Specialty drugs typically treat very serious diseases. They include biotechnologically produced or genetically engineered drugs that require special storage and handling. Please contact Navitus Health Solutions for more information about specialty drugs or see the Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy website.

Money-Saving Tips

  1. Use a Vanderbilt pharmacy. You will get the best price for your prescriptions at a Vanderbilt pharmacy. The Vanderbilt Mail Order Pharmacy is an easy way for you to purchase a 90-day supply of your long-term or maintenance medications.
  2. Ask for a generic drug. Generic drugs are less expensive because generic manufacturers don’t have the investment costs of the developer of a new drug. These drugs use the same active ingredients as a brand-name drug, and are shown to work the same way in the body.
  3. If you don't use a Vanderbilt pharmacy, use a pharmacy in the Navitus network. The Navitus website has listings and maps of participating pharmacies in your area, including 24-hour pharmacies.
  4. Have a conversation with your doctor. Let him or her know that cost is a concern for you. Ask these questions:
    • Are there medications available that work the same but cost less?
    • Are there generic drugs that will work the same as my brand-name drugs?
    • Are free samples available?
    • Is there an older version of the drug that would be just as effective but is less expensive?
    • Is pill splitting an option?
  5. Have a conversation with your pharmacist and ask these questions:
    • Ask if any new generic drugs have become available.
    • Ask if any of your prescription drugs have become available over-the-counter.
    • Ask if buying in larger quantities will save you money, such as buying a 90-day supply instead of a 30-day supply.

Drug Manufacturer's Coupons
The Vanderbilt Health Plan does not allow pharmacies to accept drug coupons for prescriptions because drug manufacturers promote their drugs with these coupons, which generally are more costly than a generic equivalent or a preferred drug for the Plan. While the patient’s use of a coupon will lower his/her own out-of-pocket cost, it lessens the patient’s responsibility as an active participant in Vanderbilt’s self-insured Health Plan. Vanderbilt University pays the remaining cost whether or not coupons are used, yet pharmaceutical companies are trying to increase their utilization with these coupons, which drives up the cost to the Plan.

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