for·​mu·​lary | \ ˈfȯr-myə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce formulary (audio) \
plural formularies

Definition of formulary

1 : a collection of prescribed forms (such as oaths or prayers)
3 : a book listing medicinal substances and formulas

Other Words from formulary

formulary adjective

Examples of formulary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The physician’s statement must prove that the noncovered drug is necessary to treat the medical condition and no alternatives on the plan’s formulary would work. Diane Omdahl, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Instead, the legislation would permit the state to create a drug formulary, which the program’s unelected board would likely use to restrict access to treatments to contain spending. Chris Jacobs, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The Annual Notice of Change may reveal that your doctor is no longer in network, for example, or the plan’s drug formulary doesn’t include your prescription anymore. Jaime Catmull, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Find out whether there are any other prescription drugs in your plan’s formulary that would be effective. Diane Omdahl, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 The fifth step encompasses establishing a panel of experts to transparently guide the government’s national drug formulary. Jeffrey R. Lewis, STAT, 10 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, changes for both Part D and Advantage plans can include eliminating drugs or dosages from the formulary and increasing premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. David Haass, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Each Medicare plan - whether a pharmacy benefit stand-alone or integrated, offering all healthcare benefits in one package - has its own formulary. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The Cleveland Clinic won’t carry Aduhelm, known generically as aducanumab, on its formulary after a panel of experts reviewed trial results for the medicine., 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of formulary

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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for·​mu·​lary | \ ˈfȯr-myə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce formulary (audio) \
plural formularies

Medical Definition of formulary

1 : a book containing a list of medicinal substances and formulas — see national formulary
2 : an official list of generic and brand name pharmaceutical drugs designated by a health insurance provider as approved for coverage under the provider's pharmacy plan benefits


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