formulary

noun

for·​mu·​lary ˈfȯr-myə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce formulary (audio)
plural formularies
1
: a collection of prescribed forms (such as oaths or prayers)
2
3
: a book listing medicinal substances and formulas
formulary adjective

Examples of formulary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That includes legislation to ensure seniors pay no more for drugs than insurers, and a measure that lets insurers add less-expensive biosimilars to formularies mid-year. John Wilkerson, STAT, 15 Nov. 2023 Here are some key points to consider: Formulary Coverage: Insurance plans often have a formulary, which is a list of covered medications. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 Managing Costs with Insurance To manage the cost of Viagra with insurance, consider these strategies: Check Your Coverage: Review your insurance plan's formulary to determine if Viagra is covered and at what tier level. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 But, coverage isn’t merely a binary decision of being on formulary or excluded. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Check whether Viagra is included in your plan's formulary or if there are any restrictions or prior authorization requirements. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 Almost uniformly, the 19 formularies made the medicines available fairly when judged on three criteria: eligibility based on clinical data, restrictions placed on prescribers, and step therapy, which requires patients to try other medicines before an insurer will approve a prescription. Ed Silverman Reprints, STAT, 3 Nov. 2023 Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits manager owned by Cigna, said the biosimilars would be included as preferred brands on its formulary. Ed Silverman, STAT, 11 July 2023 To win coveted placement on formularies – the list of medicines covered by insurers – drug companies pay rebates to Medicare Part D and commercial health plans. Ed Silverman, STAT, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of formulary was in 1541

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“Formulary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formulary. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

formulary

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