formulary

noun
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

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formulary adjective

Examples of formulary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Erin Fox, senior director of the Drug Information and Support Services for the University of Utah Health, purchases medicines for a hospital system with 5,000 drugs on the formulary. Carolyn Y. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "A tiny pharmacy raises big doubts about our drugs," 8 Nov. 2019 Express Scripts appears to be throwing a bit of a lifeline to digital health firms, creating a new formulary that would benefit companies like Livongo, Omada, Propeller Health, and others. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Meet Stephen Hahn, the New FDA Commissioner," 12 Dec. 2019 The formulary is everything, so do the homework and compare, compare, compare. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "This might surprise you. Seniors are not more susceptible to scams, younger adults are.," 28 Oct. 2019 That won’t work for Medicare or the commercial market, where customers want and need access to a broader formulary. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Pelosi finds a way to save billions by cutting drug prices, but Big Pharma pushes back," 18 Oct. 2019 If your state drops your drugs from its formulary, well, that’s that. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Fetishization of Employer-Provided Health Care," 27 Sep. 2019 Doctors and patients can get medications that are not on the formulary, but are necessary for care. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Ohio doctors, patients frustrated by policy that requires switching medications: Survey finds," 25 July 2019 The administration declined to approve a bolder proposal from Massachusetts to use a formulary to exclude some drugs from Medicaid coverage, a common negotiating tactic for commercial plans. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Mass. gets a thumbs-down on negotiating Medicaid prices, but Oklahoma wins on ‘value’ rebates," 27 June 2018 The hospital’s pharmacy and therapeutic committee determines which drugs are on its own formulary (completely separate and unrelated to a health insurance plan). Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Ohio doctors, patients frustrated by policy that requires switching medications: Survey finds," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of formulary

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

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“Formulary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formulary. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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formulary

noun
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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