Quantity of Medication to Be Prescribed

Provider Type

  • Physicians
  • Participating Physician Groups (PPG) 
    (does not apply to HSP)
  • Ancillary

Maintenance medication should be prescribed for a 30-day supply unless the member wants to use the Health Net mail-order program; then a 90-day supply of maintenance medication should be prescribed.

Up to a 30-day supply is covered for medications that come in specific quantities, such as inhalers or insulin vials. In some cases, this may be less than a 30-day supply.

For acute treatment, a standard course of therapy should be prescribed. Medications that are used as needed or come packed in small quantities, such as Imitrex®, should be prescribed for the smallest package size. The Health Net Recommended Drug List (RDL) indicates quantity limits on specific medications. Quantities larger than a 30-day supply or dosing greater than that approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Health Net's medication usage guidelines require prior authorization.

Copayments are charged per 30-day supply for maintenance medications and per course of therapy or individual package for acute medications. Some medications have a specific quantity per copayment. Refer to the RDL for specific quantity limitations.