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It’s Time to Update Your Asthma Action Plan

Using an Asthma Action Plan and using “controller” medications exactly as prescribed can help you avoid problems caused by Asthma, prevent inconvenient trips to the Emergency Room and reduce missed days from school, work, and special activities.

Whether you already have an Asthma Action Plan or this is new to you, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) as soon as possible.

You recently received a mailing that included a letter and a blank copy of an Asthma Action Plan.

Bring your existing Asthma Action Plan, or the blank copy you received in the mail, to your next visit. Ask your PCP to update or create a new plan for you. Keep your copy handy and use it to help manage your Asthma on a daily basis.

Be sure to bring all your medications to your appointment and ask your doctor any questions you may have. Some common questions include:

  • Which medication is my controller? When should I take that?
  • Which medication is my rescue medication (reliever)? When should I take that?
  • Can you show me the best way to take my inhaled medication?
  • What causes (triggers) my asthma and how can I avoid them?
  • Is a 90-day supply of medication right for me? (See back of letter for information to share with your provider)

Asthma can be tough to manage for many people. Understanding how to manage your triggers and taking medications properly, even when you not having symptoms, can help.

If you have any questions about your benefits or have any difficulty getting your prescribed medications, please contact our Member Services at 1-800-953-8854, Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. We are here to help!

Additional Information you can Share with your Provider

Did you know that Maryland Physicians Care covers a 90-day supply of the following Asthma Controller Medications?

Ask your provider if a 90-day supply is right for you.

Your provider will need to provide a new prescription for the pharmacy with the 90-day supply quantity. When you fill the prescription at a participating pharmacy, be sure to provide the pharmacy with the new prescription and verify you received a 90-day supply.

Maryland Physicians Care Preferred Asthma Controller Medications

Generic Name Brand Name Available Strength Dosage Forms Prior Auth Needed
INHALED CORTICOSTEROIDS **ONLY**
Budesonide 0.25 mg/2 ml, 0.5mg/2 ml, 1mg/2 ml nebulizer solution No
Fluticasone Furoate ARNUITY ELLIPTA 50 mcg, 100 mcg, 200 mcg inhaler No
Beclomethasone Diproprionate QVAR 40 mcg, 80 mcg inhaler No
Fluticasone Propionate FLOVENT HFA 44 mcg, 110 mcg,  220mcg

 

inhaler Age restriction; for ages 1-7
INHALED CORTICOSTEROIDS COMBINATION
Fluticasone-Salmeterol 55-14; 113-14; 232-14 mcg, 100-50; 250-50; 500-50 mcg inhaler No
Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol) WIXELA INHUB 100-50; 250-50; 500-50 mcg

 

Inhaler No
LEUKOTRIENE RECEPTOR ANTAGONIST (LTRA)
Montelukast sodium 4 mg, 5mg, 10 mg chewable tab, tablet, granule No
Zafirlukast 10 mg, 20 mg tablet No

 

Information and updates on MPC’s Drug Benefits and Preferred Drug Listing (Formulary) are available on our website at the links below.

For important COVID-19 information for people with Moderate to Severe Asthma, click here.

Know The Facts About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Symptoms are flu-like, including: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

If you think you might have been exposed, contact your doctor immediately. You can also have a video visit with a doctor using the MyVirtualMPC app.

It is important to do everything you can to protect yourself from COVID-19.