Military health plan TRICARE has partnered with drug reference vendor Epocrates to give military beneficiaries mobile access to TRICARE's formulary. The idea: Give physicians on-the-spot confirmation of approved drugs for particular therapies, and hopefully save some money along the way, TRICARE officials indicate.
The mobile app also will allow physicians to check prior authorizations required for some drugs, preferred medication lists (by cost), and the least expensive delivery option for patients.
"Epocrates provides a convenient way for healthcare professionals to keep up to date on formulary information and make appropriate prescribing decisions for our patients," says Stacia Spridgen, director of the TRICARE Management Activity's Pharmacoeconomic Center.
It's a second big government contract for the drug reference provider. We told you last fall about Epocrates' partnership with the CDC to provide injection training programs via mobile devices. And the company is on a bit of a roll on the private front, too, having just closed an $85 million IPO last month, and netted a major formulary deal with national drug chain Walgreens late last fall.
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