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MHS Rates : Pharmacy Dispensing Fee

The pharmacy charge is calculated by multiplying the number of units (e.g., tablets or capsules) dispensed by the unit measure cost for the dispensed National Drug Code (NDC) listed in the applicable pharmacy rate table and then adding the dispensing fee. Prior to July 2007, the dispensing fee was set to recover non-ingredient costs, including overhead, supplies, and labor, incurred to fill the prescription. Between July 2007 and January 2010, the dispensing fee was set to zero.

Effective 4 February 2011 the dispensing fee was set to $2.00 per script dispensed. This cost mirrors the average allowable dispensing fee allowed under the TRICARE Retail Pharmacy Program. The $2.00 dispensing fee remains in effect for the 2015 fiscal year.

The dispensing fee is no longer tied to direct care operating costs.

Historical rates can be found on the Archives page.

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