Does Medicare Cover Reglan?

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This article was updated on: 09/10/2018

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Original Medicare, which includes Part A and Part B, may only cover Reglan under very specific circumstances listed below. In general, you need to sign up for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that includes Reglan in its formulary in order to get this particular prescription covered.

What is Reglan?

Reglan is a brand-name prescription drug that may be used to treat symptoms caused by slow stomach emptying in people who have diabetes, among other health conditions, according to the National Institutes of Health. Doctors might instead prescribe metoclopramide, the generic name for this medicine, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Library of Medicine. Either way, one form of this prescription medication is an injectable liquid. Various delivery methods of Reglan might be used in different ways:

  • Injectable Reglan may help treat diabetics who have stomachs that empty too slowly.
  • Reglan can help reduce nausea from chemotherapy.
  • Reglan tablets are sometimes used to treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or other digestive tract conditions.
  • Doctors might also use this prescription drug to help empty intestines during surgery.

Will Medicare cover Reglan?

This is a quick summary of the ways that Medicare covers prescriptions:

  • Medicare Part A may cover Reglan injections if they are delivered as part of inpatient treatment.
  • Medicare Part B may offer limited coverage for some injectable prescriptions that are administered by a medical professional in an outpatient facility.
  • In some cases, medical professionals may inject patients with Reglan in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Medicare beneficiaries who pick up a prescription for Reglan in the pharmacy to administer in their homes would generally need to have to get this prescription covered by a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan.

Either kind of Medicare prescription drug coverage will come with a plan formulary. This is simply a list of covered prescription medications and an indication of how they are covered. For example, an insurance company might cover Reglan differently than it covers metoclopramide because many insurers cover brand-name medicine differently than they cover generics. It’s important to note that insurance companies may change their formularies at any time, but they will notify you when necessary.

Learn how Medicare Prescription Drug Plans might cover Reglan

Do you need to fill prescriptions for Reglan or metoclopramide? If so, I can help you look for Medicare plan options that can help pay for this prescription. If so, I hope to help you:

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