Formulary Information - Basic Core Formulary (BCF)

The Basic Core Formulary (BCF) is a list of medications required to be on formulary at all full-service Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs). BCF medications are intended to meet the majority of the primary care needs of DoD beneficiaries.

Medications are selected for the BCF or ECF because they offer significant clinical or cost-effectiveness advantages to MTFs compared to other medications in a therapeutic class. MTFs should utilize BCF or ECF medications to the greatest extent consistent with the clinical needs of their patients.

The P&T Committee stated its position that BCF designated drugs will be stocked in the Pharmacy or readily available on the next duty day for MTFs located in the continental United States (CONUS), and be readily available on the next available order for MTFs located outside the continental United States (OCONUS).

MTFs MUST have on formulary MTFs MAY have on formulary MTFs MUST NOT have on formulary

All BCF medications

All ECF medications if the therapeutic class is on the MTF formulary

Medications that are on the Uniform Formulary, but not on the BCF or ECF

Medications in classes not yet reviewed by the DoD P&T Committee for the Uniform Formulary, unless not allowed by a national pharmaceutical contract

Medications designated as non-formulary under the Uniform Formulary

Medications that are not allowed on MTF formularies due to a national pharmaceutical contract.

The DoD P&T Committee is reviewing therapeutic classes for the UF on a class by class basis. For information on classes to be reviewed at upcoming meetings, please visit the DoD P&T Committee schedule page. The DoD P&T Committee makes recommendations regarding the formulary status of medications on the BCF, ECF, and UF to the Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA). The Director, DHA, makes final decisions after considering comments of the Beneficiary Advisory Panel (BAP).

References: HA policy 04-032, TRICARE Pharmacy Benefit Program Formulary Management, provides additional information about the BCF, ECF, and Uniform Formulary.

    This file is accurate as of 4/16/2014.

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