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Generic version of Cymbalta® available

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the generic version of Cymbalta, called duloxetine. It is now available for use.

Wellmark spends $14.9 million annually on Cymbalta, making it a leading drug expense.

Cymbalta is used to treat major depressive disorders (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It is also used to manage pain associated with conditions such as diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

Previously, brand name Cymbalta required prior authorization, meaning it required a doctor’s approval before it was covered. With the generic version now available, no prior authorizations are required for either brand or generic.

In most cases, pharmacists will fill Cymbalta prescriptions with the generic drug. If you choose to continue to use the brand-name version, you will pay the highest cost share.



Average retail price of:

Generic drug: $51.50

Brand name drug: $181.39

Source:, 2013

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Visit or call Customer Service at the number on your Wellmark ID card for current pharmacy benefits, current drug list information, or to obtain a printed copy of the drug list.
































How to save money at the pharmacy

Four things to do — before you fill your prescription

Even if you’re not currently on medication (and especially if you are), it’s important to understand how prescription drug benefits work — before you get the bill.


1Access your personalized benefit information on myWellmark

It’s the most important thing you can do to understand your health plan — including your pharmacy benefits. Grab your Wellmark ID card, visit and log in. With only a few quick steps, you’ll have instant information about your benefits at your fingertips. Not registered? It’s easy. Just follow the directions on



2Shop and compare on myWellmark

Want to comparison shop for the lowest-cost medications and pharmacies? Then you need to check out the prescription drug tools on myWellmark.

Whenever you get a new prescription or switch medications, see if the drug is covered by checking the Wellmark Drug List (Price and Save tool). Also known as a formulary, the Wellmark Drug List is a list of drugs covered by your plan. With this tool, you can look up covered drugs and find out how much they will cost.

In addition to learning how much your prescription will cost, you can also:








3Get answers to your most important questions
You can’t be expected to know everything about your pharmacy benefits. But you can get the answers to your most important questions at









4Generics can save you big money
If your drug is covered by your plan, asking for a generic drug will save you money and keep costs down for everyone. Visit to learn more about saving money at the pharmacy.





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