Okey-dokey, here's what I was able to dig up.
First of all, I was finally able to locate a PDF copy of the VA Health Administration Center Handbook. I have just finished converting that to a text file, hope they don't give me a hard time about that.
Anyway, from the text file I was able to copy the following from page 19.
• Original prescriptions must be sent to the service center (copied or faxed prescriptions cannot be filled).
• Maintenance medications (those you take for a longer period of time such as blood pressure, heart, arthritis, and chronic pain medication) are available through Meds by Mail.
• Certain controlled medications are also available through this program. For example, Tylenol No. 3, Valium, Klonopin, and Vicodin are available. These are medications in Schedules 3, 4, and 5 for controlled drugs (your physician can tell you if the medication prescribed to you is on one of these schedules). Medications such as Percocet, Percodan, Ritalin, and Oxycontin are NOT available and must be filled at your local pharmacy.
• Most prescriptions are filled with the generic equivalent.
• When the prescription does not have a generic equivalent, and the brand name drug prescribed is not on the VA’s formulary, a pharmacist will contact your physician to obtain authorization to substitute the VA’s formulary brand for the one prescribed by the physician.
• Over-the-counter medications are not covered by CHAMPVA and cannot be obtained through Meds by Mail. The ONLY exception is for insulin and insulin-related supplies.
• You can still use your local pharmacy for urgent care medications or any that are not available through Meds by Mail.
• If your other health coverage is Medicare and you have Medicare Parts A and B, but did not enroll in Medicare Part D, you can use Meds by Mail.
• If you obtain other health insurance that includes a pharmacy benefit (to include Medicare Part D, Prescription Drug Coverage Plan), you will no longer be eligible to use Meds by Mail.
If you need help with general information about Meds by Mail, eligibility or
applications for Meds by Mail contact us at:
Website: www.va.gov/hac (select “For Beneficiaries, Meds by Mail”)
Like I wrote above, I have the full PDF and now in a text file, so if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
I am also thinking about posting the table of contents for this handbook someplace on our site. Plus I will find a stable location for anyone who wishes to download this PDF. But I wanted to get the information above posted right away, and I'll get the other projects done a little later.
Some of you may have noticed I've been AWOL, but I hope I'm back now so as to provide timely advice, when I can.