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Health care reform: Contraception coverage

Convenient overview of the new requirement for pharmacy benefit contraception coverage for all covered women.
July, 2012 Issue 7

Lipitor completes generic evolution

The Lipitor transition from brand-only to generic offers a good example of how UnitedHealthcare handles complex brand-to-generic transitions.

U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Reform Decision update

UnitedHealthcare comments on the recent ruling from the Supreme Court upholding health care reform law.

Step Therapy

Step therapy is one of our powerful cost management tools. This is a look at some of the thought process that goes into how we decide when to use step therapy.

Letter from the
Chief Pharmacy

Welcome to this month's issue.

July, 2012 Issue 7

In this issue

  • Health care reform: Contraception coverage
  • Lipitor completes generic evolution
  • U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Reform Decision update
  • Step Therapy

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Letter from the Chief
Pharmacy Officer

I am pleased to welcome you to this issue of Pharmacy InFocus. We are working to make this your go-to resource for all things related to your UnitedHealthcare prescription plan, plus pharmacy news in general.

This month we have a special look at the important changes beginning August 1st for contraceptive coverage as part of health care reform. You’ll find everything you need to get ready for the changes, including FAQs, lists of covered medications and even member communication pieces for you to download and forward to your employees.

Also in this issue are a look at step therapy – how and when UnitedHealthcare makes the decision to employ this powerful cost-management tool – plus a look at the final transition of Lipitor® to full generic status. .

Thank you for reading Pharmacy InFocus. As always, we want to know what you think. Just click on the “Send us your feedback” link, below.


Susan V. Maddux, Pharm.D., BCPS
Chief Pharmacy Officer