Thursday, March 29, 2012

UHC designates Prescription Solutions for oral oncology medications

Beginning May 1, 2012, Prescription Solutions by OptumRx will become UnitedHealthcare’s specialty designated pharmacy provider for oral oncology medications prescribed under the pharmacy benefit. As part of this designation, UHC's contract with Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy will be terminated effective May 1, 2012. Members who fill their oral oncology prescriptions at Walgreens will be transitioned to Prescription Solutions by OptumRx.

This change only impacts members with a UnitedHealthcare commercial plan that includes the Specialty Designated Pharmacy Program. Most members will be transitioned to Prescription Solutions by OptumRx. This network change does not affect members with State of New York (Empire Plan), Community & State, or Medicare & Retirement plans.

UnitedHealthcare has prepared members for this change. Targeted letters and phone calls in March explained the change and provided instructions for transferring oral oncology prescriptions to a specialty designated network pharmacy. Members who choose to use Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy for oral oncology medications after May 1, 2012, may be using out-of-network benefits, and will be required to pay the full cost of their medications and seek reimbursement afterward.

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