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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida- CVS Patients

 

Did you know that Max Drugs Pharmacy is able to fill Florida Blue (Blue Cross & Blue Shield) prescriptions?


For many new and current Florida Blue members who enroll in a health plan, 2017 will bring changes to their choice of pharmacies. The good news is that Walgreens will be part of the pharmacy network for all of our health plans on January 1, 2017. Another change occurring on January 1, is that CVS and other CVS-owned pharmacies*, including Navarro and Target, will no longer be in the pharmacy network for many Florida Blue health plans.

But there’s no need to worry. You’ll still be able to get the medication you need at a pharmacy near you. Most Florida Blue plans include many participating pharmacies throughout the state, including Walgreens, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and other smaller retailers and independent pharmacies. If you’re enrolled in a myBlue health plan, your exclusive pharmacy in 2017 will be Walgreens.

How to know if this applies to you

This easy-to-read guide outlines pharmacy options in your health plan starting January 1, 2017. Still have questions about pharmacy choices? We’re available by phone 24/7 at 888-840-3052. You can see a list of 2017 in-network pharmacies for your plan below.

Plans that will change Type of coverage Changes you will see in 2017
These changes are only for customers who have one of the Affordable Care Act health plans (Obamacare). If you aren’t sure of your plan, please call 888-840-3052 and we’ll be glad to help.
myBlue Policies for individuals and families On January 1, 2017, your pharmacy network will be exclusively Walgreens Pharmacy. Important change: CVS, Navarro, Target and other CVS-owned pharmacies* will no longer be participating in your network.
BlueSelect Policies for individuals and families AND for employees of companies with 50 or fewer employees On January 1, 2017, your pharmacy network includes Walgreens Pharmacy and many other participating pharmacies. Important change: CVS, Navarro, Target and other CVS-owned pharmacies* will no longer be participating in your network.
BlueOptions Policies for individuals and families AND for employees of companies with 50 or fewer employees On January 1, 2017, your pharmacy network will continue to include Walgreens Pharmacy and many other participating pharmacies. Important change: CVS, Navarro, Target and other CVS-owned pharmacies* will no longer be participating in your network.
BlueCare Policies for individuals and families AND for employees of companies with 50 or fewer employees On January 1, 2017, your pharmacy network will continue to include Walgreens Pharmacy and many other participating pharmacies. Important change: CVS, Navarro, Target and other CVS-owned pharmacies* will no longer be participating in your network.

Please note:

  • If you have a Medicare plan: Starting January 1, 2017, your plan will still pay for prescriptions at CVS—but you will pay more because CVS will no longer be a Preferred pharmacy. Check your plan’s Evidence of Coverage (EOC) brochure to see how much you’ll save by using a Preferred retail pharmacy.
  • If you have Florida Blue coverage through your employer and your company has 51 or more employees, your employer will let you know the pharmacies in your network when you enroll in your 2017 health plan.

*The following pharmacies owned by CVS will no longer be in your network: Bear Creek Pharmacy, Care Pharmacy, Care Plus CVS/Pharmacy, CarePlus, CarePlus CVS Pharmacy, Longs Drug Store, Longs Pharmacy, Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Navarro Health Services, RxAmerica, Target Pharmacy and Wellness Works Pharmacy.

https://www.floridablue.com/members/tools-resources/pharmacy/2017changes

 

 

Dermazinc with Clobetasol Spray

New Treatment for Psoriasis…We have it here! Call us for more information

We’ve been seeing a lot more compounding prescriptions for a novel combination of Dermazinc with Clobetasol 50 mg in a topical spray.

Our patients have been telling us how well this has worked for them, we had to share on our site, and one of them brought us a clinical trial report to post as well. (Click here to read more, note a new page will open up)

From the above website:

Abstract: Psoriasis is a common and difficult condition to treat. Corticosteroids and other agents are often used. Zinc pyrithione has been used for other related conditions. This study compares the use of combined micronized clobetasol propionate and zinc pyrithione (DermaZinc™ prescription strength) together VS control cream and generic clobetasol propionate alone. The one month study was double-blind controlled with treatments applied on either side of the body in a randomized fashion. There were 36 patients enrolled in the study. Of those, one was disqualified due to possible improper usage of the two test products DermaZinc™ Spray compounded with 50mg micronized Clobetasol Propionate VS generic Clobetasol Propionate, and three were disqualified due to substantial lapse of time between appointments. The psoriasis was examined for the following parameters: erythema, scaling, and thickness. The results demonstrate that the DermaZinc™ Spray compounded with 50mg micronized Clobetasol Propionate was significantly more effective than the generic clobetasol propionate alone for each parameter. In addition, the DermaZinc™ Spray compounded with 50mg micronized Clobetasol Propionate cleared lesions faster compared to generic Clobetasol Propionate. We conclude that there is a synergistic effect of using corticosteroids with zinc pyrithione in the treatment of psoriasis.

 

Please note that his product does need a prescription and is not covered by insurance. Call us today for more information.

 

Compounding Medication Sources

Do you know where your Compounding Pharmacy gets its medication from?

We rely on PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America) to deliver our active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) from only FDA-registered and GMP-certified manufactores in the United States. All of these chemicals go through at least 14 checks and analyses before they are shipped to us at Max Drugs.

Ask your pharmacy where they get their compounded medications from!

Click here for more information about PCCA

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