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Glossary


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A

ASEBP's drug benefit list

A list of drugs eligible for coverage under ASEBP’s Extended Health Care plan. This is a dynamic list with changes made daily as new products become available, other products are taken off the market, etc.

Acute medication

A drug used to treat a short-term condition.

ASEBP Mobile
ASEBP’s mobile app for Apple and Android devices, available on the App Store and Google Play.
Apple-a-Day
A confidential, online personal health management tool, available to ASEBP covered members by logging into their My ASEBP account.

B

Brand
A patented prescription drug manufactured by a pharmaceutical company under a particular name. May also be called a "reference product" or "innovator product".

D

Dispensing fee
The pharmacy’s charge to prepare a drug for sale and counsel a patient about effectively using it.

E

Early refill limitation
The soonest you can refill your prescription on the ASEBP Extended Health Care plan; the date when it is estimated you will have used 70% of a prescription.

G

Generic
A type of prescription drug that is a copy of a brand name product. May also be called "subsequent entry" drugs. These drugs have been declared bioequivalent by Health Canada.

I

Interchangeable drug

A drug that has the same active ingredient(s), strength and dosage as the originally prescribed (often brand name) drug.

L

Least cost alternative (LCA)

When an interchangeable drug can be used to fill your prescription, we'll pay the least price for your drug claim. An interchangeable drug - often a cheaper generic one - has the same active ingredient(s), strength and dosage as the originally prescribed (often brand name) drug.

M

Maintenance medication

Maintenance medications are often prescribed to patients with chronic health conditions or as an ongoing prescription that can be managed on a long term basis.

Maintenance drug management practice
A program that encourages the dispensing of longer supplies of prescription drugs that are usually taken to manage a chronic health condition.

P

Preferred alternative
A preferred alternative is a drug which is considered preferred by the plan because it provides better value with similar safety and effectiveness as other drugs in the same pharmaceutical class.

S

Step therapy
A program that promotes the use of safer, less expensive “first-line” drugs before “second-line” drugs are eligible for reimbursement under ASEBP’s Extended Health Care plan.
Statin

A group of cholesterol-lowering drugs including atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin.

Special authorization
Certain prescription drugs, as indicated on the ASEBP Drug Benefit List, require special authorization based on an in-depth clinical review before being covered under the Extended Health Care plan.

T

Therapeutic Alternative Reference Pricing
Therapeutic Alternative Reference Pricing (TARP) allows benefit plans to offer equally safe and effective alternatives for medications treating specific health conditions while managing pharmaceutical costs.