Figure. Detail of Dirty Laundry: Drug Formulary Exclusions
Pharmacy benefit managers contracted by health insurance companies create lists or “formularies” of preferred medications they cover. In this artwork, information from such formulary lists supplied the source of the text. This practice of charging patients the full cost for medications, devices, or monitoring aids that are excluded from their health insurance companies’ coverage plans undermines decision-making partnerships between physicians and patients. An ethically relevant irony explored here is that in the United States we seem to have more choice about, and access to, breakfast cereals and assault rifles than needed medications.
- CVS/caremark. 2015 Advance formulary list: frequently asked questions. https://www2.caremark.com/wfalternate/default.asp?save-me-money=CMS-PWCM-2040166. Accessed May 5, 2017.
CVS/caremark. Your covered medicine list: check for updates that may affect your prescription cost. http://info.caremark.com/druglist. Accessed May 5, 2017.