In an effort to reduce the financial barrier to appropriate care, local physicians from the Boulder Valley Care Network (www.mybvcn.org), in partnership with BVSD and Express Scripts, identified certain high quality drugs to reduce co-payments. Beginning July 1, 2011, for members on the Standard and Basic Plans, the co-pays for 33 prescription drugs will be $0.
See the shopper’s guide to information from the Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs™ project. The mission of the Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs™ project is to provide consumers and their doctors with information to help guide prescription drug choices–based on effectiveness, a drug's track record, safety and price.
Prescription drugs come in two basic forms–brand name drugs and generic drugs. Generic drugs are copies of brand medicines whose patents have expired. A generic drug has exactly the same active ingredients as the brand drug it copies. The only difference is price and how the pills look: generics are much less expensive and by law are not allowed to look exactly like the brands they copy (a certain color or shaped pill, for example).
The project’s recommendation is that you talk to your doctor about your prescription when it is being written in his or her office. You should inquire whether the prescription is for a brand or generic, and learn why your doctor has prescribed one or the other.
Complete information about the project is available at:
Consumer Reports - Best Buy Drugs