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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

August 2016

Harvard Pilgrim Preferred Insulin Products

Effective October 1, 2016, Harvard Pilgrim is designating preferred status to certain insulin medications indicated for the treatment of diabetes. Humulin (short- and intermediate-acting) and Humalog (rapid-acting) will become Harvard Pilgrim’s preferred insulin products on the Premium formulary. This same change will take effect on the Value formulary as of January 1, 2017.

If you have patients with diabetes who are prescribed NovoLog, Novolin, or ReliOn rapid-, short-, or intermediate-acting insulins, please be aware that they will have to pay a higher copayment for these insulins as of the October 1 effective date. While the Humulin and Humalog products will remain at their current tiers, their equivalent NovoLog, Novolin, and ReliOn products will be moving to Tier 4 on the 4-Tier Premium formulary. Coverage of long-acting insulins will remain unchanged.

Additionally, as of October 1, Harvard Pilgrim will require prior authorization for the coverage of NovoLog, Novolin, and ReliOn rapid, short-, or intermediate-acting insulin products on the Premium formulary. Harvard Pilgrim clinical review criteria, which will detail the requirements that must be met in order to obtain prior authorization for these products, are being created and will be posted to our website by October 1.

Harvard Pilgrim will require prior authorization for the following NovoLog, Novolin, and ReliOn insulin products on the Premium formulary:

• Novolin N

Relion Novolin R


• Relion Novolin N

Novolin 70-30

NovoLog FlexPen

• Novolin R

Relion Novolin 70-30

NovoLog Mix FlexPen

The comparable Humalog and Humulin insulin products, listed below, will not require a prior authorization and will be covered at the preferred brand tier:

• Humulin N/KwikPen

Humulin 70-30/KwikPen 

Humalog Mix50/50 KwikPen

• Humulin R/KwikPen


Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen

For more information, refer to the Pharmacy section of Harvard Pilgrim’s provider website.

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