Pharmacy and specialty pharmacy

All TRICARE beneficiaries with the exception of Active Duty Service Members (ADSM), must obtain select “brand name maintenance drugs” through either their military pharmacy or through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery Program.


Options for TRICARE beneficiaries to fill prescriptions

Military hospitals and clinics

Military hospitals and clinics on bases/posts generally have their own pharmacy and offer the least expensive prescription option. E-prescribe is an electronic prescribing capability for civilian providers to send prescription orders directly to a military hospital or clinic pharmacy. Learn more

TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery

TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is the preferred option for beneficiaries if the military facility pharmacy does not have the drug prescribed. All prescriptions filled through home delivery must have the prescriber’s handwritten signature.

TRICARE retail pharmacy network

TRICARE retail pharmacy network consists of approximately 60,000 retail pharmacies in the United States and most US territories including Guam, N. Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Non-network retail pharmacies

Non-network retail pharmacies may not accept TRICARE and as the most expensive option, is not recommended for beneficiaries.


Prior authorization

Prior authorization may be required from Express Scripts for some medications. Please direct beneficiaries to call Express Scripts at (877) 363-1303 for questions concerning home delivery and member choice support. Learn more


Specialty pharmacy

Accredo, AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, Medex BioCare and US Bioservices are East Region network specialty pharmacies. Specialty pharmacies are not retail pharmacy providers and much of what they offer is a part of the TRICARE medical benefit, not pharmacy benefit.

Several of the network specialty pharmacies include a “drug list or formulary”. Those pharmacies without a formulary listed expect to be contacted by the provider to determine if a particular drug/item is available to order. Beneficiaries are not allowed to contact one of the specialty pharmacies as it is for physician order only. The process includes a prescription/referral form with a fax number the provider must submit per TRICARE beneficiary, per episode of care.

Access specialty pharmacy forms