Tricare panel votes to end branded Viagra coverage, Cialis

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Tricare would only cover generic versions of Viagra and Cialis under a new policy adopted on Wednesday by a Defense Health Agency (DHA) panel.

The DHA Beneficiary Advisory Panel, which provides advice and recommendations on what Tricare should cover, voted 6-2 for a policy that would also require doctors to prescribe new users of generic Viagra before trying generic Cialis for treatment. erectile dysfunction.

Viagra, generic name sildenafil, the tablets are for short-term use, while Cialis, or tadalafil, is considered “long-acting” and can be used to treat an enlarged prostate.

The panel discussion focused on how doctors choose which drug to prescribe first.

“Corn [physicians] says they need both, “said Charles Hostettler, a panel member representing AMSUS, an organization for military medical professionals,” and yet you force them to use the short duration of action anyway and what just seems a little odd to me. “

The recommendation to change Tricare’s coverage came from the Defense Department’s Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics Committee, which voted last year to change it after determining that generic and brand-name erectile dysfunction drugs have the same effectiveness.

If approved, this policy would also move erectile dysfunction drugs Stendra, Staxyn, Levitra and all their generics to level 4 status, which means they will not be covered by Tricare.

Under the policy change, men over 40 will no longer need prior authorization from their doctor for Tricare to cover generic drugs for erectile dysfunction; people under 40 or who have an enlarged prostate will still need permission.

The recommendation now goes to the Deputy Director of DHA, who will review and approve the new policy on behalf of the Director of DHA.

– Dorothy Mills-Gregg can be reached at [email protected].

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