If you have health insurance coverage, your medicines are most likely covered under a separate pharmacy benefit. The benefit lists prescription drugs, both generic and brand names, that it will cover in a list known as a formulary.
Two prescription benefit managers are dropping certain asthma and allergy drugs from their formularies in 2017. If you take these medicines and have your prescriptions covered by CVS Caremark or Express Scripts, other medicines will be substituted instead.
This chart covers changes from CVS Caremark:
This chart covers changes for Express Scripts:
If you have trouble paying for your allergy and asthma medicine, see What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines. For some people, one option might be to switch to an insurance plan with a pharmacy plan you prefer.
Open enrollment deadlines start coming up soon. If you are buying insurance on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, stay up-to-date with enrollment deadlines.