NC Medicaid Preferred Drug List Expected to Control Costs

North Carolina Medicaid patients are now required to have prescriptions filled from a Preferred Drug List.  The new policy took effect March 15, 2010.  NC DHHS says taxpayers could see a savings of more than $90 million annually under the new policy, which requires recipients to use clinically effective generics and lower-cost alternatives to brand-name prescription medicines. DHHS stated in a news release  that the requirement will help to control Medicaid costs; however, Medicaid recipients will not experience any immediate changes.  As the Preferred Drug List takes effect, it will include all medications currently covered by NC Medicaid.  For more information and updates on the Preferred Drug List, go to


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