It is a DoD policy to use generic medications instead of brand name medications whenever possible. A brand-name drug with a generic equivalent may be dispensed only after the prescribing physician completes a clinical assessment that indicates the brand-name drug is medically necessary and after Express Scripts grants approval.
If a patient requires a brand-name medication that has a generic equivalent, the provider must obtain prior authorization. Otherwise, the patient may be responsible for the entire cost of the medication.
If a generic-equivalent drug does not exist, the brand-name drug is dispensed at the brand-name cost.