Benefits of Tricare Pharmacy

Benefits of Tricare Pharmacy

This article covers the different types of pharmacies operating under the TRICARE system and provides information about how you can go about getting your prescription filled if you are covered by a TRICARE health plan.

The TRICARE pharmacy program provides top notch pharmacy benefits to all eligible military sponsors and their families in a safe, cost effective, easy and quick manner. Beneficiaries of Tricare pharmacy include all uniformed service members, retired military men and their dependents. The program allows beneficiaries to fill their prescription medication using a number of different outlets. These outlets include pharmacies at military treatment facilities, pharmacies at all TRICARE network retailers, and also at non-authorized network pharmacies. Furthermore with the initiation of the TRICARE pharmacy home delivery option, it is now possible to get medication refills from within the comfort of your own home and without any additional costs.

TRICARE’s long standing generic drug policy, enables beneficiaries to fill up on generic prescriptions if available. As is the case with most prescription drug plans, TRICARE beneficiaries can avail significant cost effective charges by asking their medical supervisor to prescribe generic drugs in the place of branded medications if available. Further, the pharmacy program allows for several convenient ways to fill out prescription medications depending on an individual’s needs and requirements. Based on specific situations, pharmacy needs can be met at any of the following:

TRICARE Pharmacy needs can be met at any of the following:

  1. Military Treatment Facilities Pharmacy: A comparatively cheap option with no payments to be made personally.
  2. TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery Plan: Safe, convenient and the most cost-effective option especially when a military pharmacy is not located at a convenient distance.
  3. TRICARE Network Service Provider Pharmacy: With more than 60,000 functional pharmacies worldwide, this is the most fast and efficient method.
  4. Non-Network Pharmacy: Given the unauthorized nature of the pharmacies, chances are this will cost you higher than other options.

Since TRICARE is a global initiative all services can be acquired worldwide with a few exceptions which are only limited to the United States. Furthermore, there is no need to file pharmacy claims if prescriptions are filled out at military pharmacies. In addition to this, claims are not required when utilizing the TRICARE Pharmacy home delivery service or when using a TRICARE network retail pharmacy. The home delivery service option is the least expensive one overall, and active duty service members and their dependents do not have to pay any costs at all.

Tricare Admin


  • I am trying to determine if Tricare will reimburse the cost of Over The Counter Medication (OTC), it seems that more and more of my medications are going OTH, while one does not cost all the much, when it applies to two or more the cost start building up.

    Thank you for a response.

  • When Express Scripts, Inc will not honor a prescription submitted by an MD based on the recommended protocols, how can I get a review of decision made by the pharmacy personnel?

  • How would I be able to find if a patient has tricare Rx medicine benefits by social security, date of birth or etc.

  • Will Tricare help pay for my wife’s blood thinner medication due to cancer. Medicare is picking up part of one months bill, but I don’t see where Tricare ever helps or pays anything towards the remainder of these costs. Medicare only pays for one months medication, while my wife will be on this for up to 6 months. Why do I pay a years premiums for only one months worth of help towards the cost of the medicine by Medicare? Does Tricare ever help with these costs? I see no help presently from Tricare for blood thinner medicine I have paid for, already this year…My premium payments are higher than the worth of any benefits received so far… Thanks for anything you can do or someone I can conract.

  • I was sent a card for Tricare Pharmacy benefits after my husband died. When I tried to use it at at the Pharmacy they said I wasn’t in the system. How do I get it into the system? When my husband was alive all I ever had to do was give them my social security number. He was in the service for 20 years. I receive his pension.

    • You must show as eligible for TRICARE in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

      Update DEERS online or call 1-800-538-9552.
      List your physical address in DEERS.
      If you live overseas and have an APO/FPO address, list it as your mailing address.

      You can find more Pharmacy information here:

  • I received a postcard from Tricare pharmacy after the death of my husband. My husband was in the service
    for 20 years. I receive his pension. All I had to do when my husband was alive was give them his SS number at the pharmacy. They tell me my SS isn’t in the system. What do I have to do to get it into the system?

  • my husband passed away35 years ago. I have TRICARE prime. I am so confused. If you get your prescriptions filled at at a milatary base how much I’ll it cost?to see drs and meds?

  • My pharmacy page is blocked because I used the incorrect password. Now I can’t recover my account. My retired military husband is deceased but have never had any trouble getting on my account. Can you help me please?

  • I have repeatedly tried to register with
    Express Scripts, entered and reentered
    my correct information and still cannot
    access my prescription information. Now repeatedly told to “Recover My Account”,
    it now refers me to the TRICARE website.
    PLEASE resolve this situation & notify me
    by email I am no longer “locked out” for
    repeated failed attempts when I enter the
    correct required information including my
    user, password, and “Benefit Number” on
    the back of my military ID card. It is:
    001807825-02. Thank you for resolving this matter for me.

  • I am retired military. My husband will retire this year from his civilian job. He carried our medical, prescription and dental plans through his civilian company. I have TriCare For Life. He will be eligible for TFL when he turns 65 this year.

    My question is do we need to pickup a Plan D for prescription coverage or does TFL cover us for prescriptions? If TFL covers us do we have to sign up for prescription coverage?

  • I am a retired MGYSGT (USMC) and have Tricare for life and I would like to get the Shingle Vaccine. I checked with my local pharmacy (CVS) and they wanted $186.00 for each of the two shots. does Tricare partner with any pharmacies to reduce the cost of the shots?