Express Scripts Downshifts Lipitor

Express Scripts, which manages drug benefits for companies and health insurers, will downshift branded Lipitor to the third “tier” on its national formulary starting Feb. 1. That means some people filling prescriptions who are covered by Express Scripts will pay a higher co-payment to get the branded drug than they do now, because branded Lipitor is currently on the second tier.


The generics are already on the first tier, Express Scripts said. Co-pay prices vary by plan design, but a generic might cost $10 while a tier 2 drug costs $30 and a tier 3 costs $60.


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