Mario Blount, pharmacy technician, verifies prescription labels at the David Grant USAF Medical center pharmacy. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

Beginning October 1st, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries except active duty personnel to get selected brand name drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home delivery or a military pharmacy. Those using a retail pharmacy will be required to pay the full cost of the prescription.

This change doesn’t apply to all drugs—it only applies to select maintenance drugs. While not affecting serving service members, beneficiaries must take heed.

If you are currently taking a drug affected by this change, you’ll get a letter from Express Scripts. This letter will explain what you need to do about a month before the program starts. To get this letter, make sure your address is correct in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

There are considerations for generic drugs and there are some instances when a waiver may be available. For further details and information, see the article at

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