Generic Incentive Program-Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Federal Employee Program

Standard Option Generic Incentive Program

Standard Option members have the added benefit of the Generic Incentive Program. With this program it pays to make the switch from brand name drugs to generics.

With Standard Option, we waive your cost share for the first four generic prescriptions filled (and/or refills ordered) per drug per calendar year if you purchase a brand name drug listed on the Generic Incentive Program drug list and then change to a corresponding generic alternative.

Please review the chart below. If your doctor agrees the alternative generic drug can appropriately treat your condition, follow these two easy steps to obtain your drugs at no cost to you:

  1. Request a new prescription for up to a 90-day supply of the generic drug alternative, plus refills for up to one year (if appropriate)

  2. Bring the new prescription to your local retail pharmacy or ask your prescriber to fax your new prescription to the mail service pharmacy or you can mail it to CVS/caremark

2017 Standard Option Generic Incentive Program

Generic Incentive Program Chart
Condition and Disease Brand Name Drug Generic Alternative
Osteoporosis Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax aledronate, ibandronate, risendronate
Ulcer Therapy Aciphex, Dexilant (formerly Kapidex), Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Zegerid omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, esomeprazole
Sleep Aids Ambien CR, Lunesta, Rozerem zaleplon, zolpidem, eszopiclone, zolpidem extended-release
High Cholesterol Advicor, Altoprev, Crestor, Lescol, Lescol XL, Lipitor, Livalo, Mevacor, Pravachol, Simcor, Vytorin, Zocor simvastatin, pravastatin, lovastatin, atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, fluvastatin
Caduet simvastatin, pravastatin, lovastatin, atorvastatin, fluvastatin, amlodipine, amlodipine/ atorvastatin
Anti-Virals Famvir famciclovir
Valtrex valacyclovir
High Blood Pressure Atacand, Avapro, Benicar, Cozaar, Diovan, Micardis, Teveten losartan, candesartan, irbesartan, eprosartan, telmisartan, valsartan
Atacand HCT, Avalide, Benicar HCT, Diovan HCT, Hyzaar, Micardis HCT, Teveten HCT losartan HCT, candesartan HCT, irbesartan HCT, eprosartan HCT, valsartan HCT, telmisarten HCT
Urinary Anti-Spasmodics Detrol, Oxytrol, Sanctura, Toviaz, Vesicare tolterodine, oxybutynin, oxybutynin extended-release, trospium
Detrol LA, Enablex, Sanctura XR oxybutynin extended-release, trospium extended-release, darifenacin XR, tolterodine extended-release
Ophthalmic Betimol, Istalol, Timoptic-XE timolol maleate ophthalmic
Multiple Sclerosis Copaxone (20mg only) glatopa

You can find complete details about this benefit on page 108 of the English 2017 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan brochure and on page 144 of the Spanish version of the brochure.


Retail Pharmacy Program - Please call CVS/caremark customer care any time at 1-800-624-5060.

Mail Service Pharmacy Program - Please call CVS/caremark customer care any time at 1-800-262-7890.