Pharmacy Programs

These pharmacy programs are available for members.

  • Prior Authorization/Step Therapy Program 

    The prior authorization/step therapy program is designed to encourage safe, cost-effective medication use. This program may be part of your prescription drug benefit plan. To find out if your specific benefit plan includes the prior authorization/step therapy program, and which drugs are part of your plan, refer to your benefit materials, or call the number listed on your BCBSOK member ID card.

    Prior Authorization

    Under this program, your doctor will be required to request pre-approval, or prior authorization, through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma(BCBSOK) in order for you to get benefits for the select drugs.

    Step Therapy

    The step therapy program requires that you have prescription history for a "first-line" medication before your benefit plan will cover a "second-line" drug.

    • A first-line drug is recognized as safe and works well in treating a specific medical condition, as well as being a cost-effective treatment option.
    • A second-line drug is a less-preferred or likely a more costly treatment option.

    Step 1: If possible, your doctor should prescribe a first-line medication right for your condition.

    Step 2: If you and your doctor decide that a first-line drug is not right for you or is not as good in treating your condition, your doctor should submit a step therapy exception request for coverage of the other drug.

    If you have questions about the prior authorization/step therapy program, call the number listed on your member ID card.

  • Specialty Pharmacy Program

    Specialty medications are those used to treat serious or chronic conditions. Examples include hepatitis C, hemophilia, cancer and multiple sclerosis. They often require careful adherence to treatment plans, have special handling or storage needs, and may only be stocked by select pharmacies. See the specialty pharmacy program member flier  for more information.

    You can download the  Specialty Pharmacy Program Drug List  which includes a reminder about coverage for self-administered specialty medications.

    split fill program may apply to some medications like select oral oncology (cancer), multiple sclerosis and iron toxicity drugs. This program lets you try the medication first to make sure you can tolerate any potential side effects. You will get a partial fill of your prescription and only pay for what was filled (a prorated cost of your benefits).

    Coverage benefits and requirements may vary based on your plan benefits. Call the number on your member ID card if you have any questions.

  • Mail Order Program

    Home delivery (mail order) service pharmacy for members with BCBSOK prescription drug coverage, provides safe, fast and cost-effective pharmacy services that can save you time and money. You can obtain up to a 90-day supply of long-term (or maintenance) medications. Maintenance medications are those drugs you may take on an ongoing basis to treat conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

    Download the maintenance drug list to check if your medication is included.

    Ordering Through Home Delivery Service Pharmacy

    You can get up to a 90-day supply of long-term (or maintenance) medicine through a network of retail or home delivery service pharmacies. How much you pay will be based on the medicine and your benefit plan.

    • Visit or  to find an in-network retail or home delivery service pharmacy convenient for you. Log in to Blue Access for MembersSM and click on Prescription Drugs in the Quick Links section. Then select Find a Pharmacy.

    More information is available in the home delivery (mail order) member flier.

  • Vaccine Program

    If you have coverage through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, vaccinations may be covered under the medical benefit or the prescription drug benefit, based on your plan. Select vaccines can be conveniently administered at a pharmacy near you. These vaccines can help protect you from illnesses such as the flu, pneumonia, shingles, hepatitis B, meningitis, HPV, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

    To learn more about which vaccines are available under your plan for you and your covered family members, check your benefit materials for details and any necessary copays. 

    • For vaccinations covered under the prescription drug benefit, select vaccines can be conveniently administered at a participating vaccine network pharmacy near you. Just hand your ID card to the pharmacist.
    • To see a complete list of all participating pharmacies, search the pharmacy network on and filter for vaccine pharmacies. 
    • Before you go, be sure to confirm the location's participation and hours, vaccine availability and ask about any other age limits, restrictions or requirements that may apply.

    More information is available in the  pharmacy vaccine program member flier.

  • Pharmaceutical Care Management

    If you have BCBSOK prescription drug benefit coverage, you have access to our team of clinical pharmacists and other resource tools to help answer questions you may have about your prescriptions.

    The Pharmaceutical Care Management (PCM) program helps you get the best results from the medicines you take. A member of the PCM team may reach out to talk with you about the medicines you take. The medication review by a clinical pharmacist helps make sure the medicines you are taking are safe and work well. The pharmacist can also share ways to help you lower your out-of-pocket costs for your prescriptions.

    For more information about how PCM works:

Last Updated: March 13, 2023