Provider Pharmacy Information

The BCBSND pharmacy program incorporates our philosophies around a holistic view of health. It also provides tools to help us collectively consider the value of drug benefits, monitor drug safety and improve health outcomes for North Dakotans.

Drug shortages

Drug shortages can occur due to manufacturing and quality problems, delays and discontinuations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps track of drug shortages. Manufacturers provide concerns about drug shortages to the FDA so they can proactively work together to address them.

Visit the FDA’s drug shortages database for more information.

Pharmacy search

Search for participating online and retail pharmacies.

Pharmacy Network

Nonpayable drugs

Prescription drugs not covered by BCBSND.

Nonpayable Drug List

Restricted-use drugs

Drugs that have a dispensing limit, step therapy requirement and/or require prior approval from our pharmacy partner, Prime Therapeutics.

To submit a prior approval authorization request: 

  1. Submit request electronically through CoverMyMeds  
    If you have not registered on this site, please do so. 
  2. If you're unable to submit an electronic request, download a form from the Prime Therapeutics website using one of the links below, complete it and fax it to Prime Therapeutics at 877-480-8130.

See the guidelines for prior approval or have restricted-use drugs: 

Forms and Links:

Restricted-Use Prior Approval Drugs
Restricted-Use Opioids
Restricted-Use Step Therapy Drugs
Restricted-Use Drug Dispensing Limits (BCBSND Formulary)
Restricted-Use Drug Dispensing Limits (Qualified Health Plans)

Retail pharmacy medical policy

We partner with Prime Therapeutics to validate and approve retail pharmacy medical policies which are available on their website.

Speciality drugs

Medications or drugs that are generally high cost and may have other considerations such as special administration, limited availability, unique delivery and dispensing, or unique and/or required patient support or monitoring.

Specialty Drug List

HSA preventive drugs

Drugs covered under an HSA Preventive Drug benefit.
The HSA Preventive Drug benefit is not included with all benefit plans.  Please review your benefit plan materials to determine coverage.  Contact customer service using the number on the back of your Insurance ID card with any questions.

2024 HSA BlueDirect, BluePartner HDHP Preventive Drug

2024 NGF HSA Preventive Drug

Over-the-counter medications

Non-prescription drugs covered by BCBSND when dispensed by a pharmacist upon receipt of a prescription order.

Over-the-Counter Medications List

Excluded route of administration

A prescription medication or drug with an excluded pharmacy benefit route of administration will reject at pharmacy point of sale and may be covered under the medical benefit.

Routes of Administration Pharmacy Benefit Exclusion List
Routes of Administration Self-Administered Drug List