ACQUISITION COST INDEX
Acquisition Cost Index (or ACI) is a proprietary national database updated daily and reflects the acquisition cost that pharmacies across the country pay for the prescription drugs they purchase. ACI washes out all of the markups that occur in prescription drug pricing. The ACI reflects the true cost of the drug to the pharmacy.
Pharmacy Benefits Managers (or PBM's) are paid on a per script basis rather than marking up the price allowing a margin in the cost of the drug. Average Wholesale Price (or AWP) for brand drugs and Maximum Allowable Cost (or MAC) for generic drugs are no longer used to develop the ingredient cost for prescription for health plans.
All self-funded employers
are eligible for ACI
WHAT RETAILERS ACCEPT ACI?
All retailers have accepted ACI pricing except for Walgreens*
WILL I HAVE ANY
To begin ACI, no copay or plan design changes are necessary
* While Walgreens does not accept or ACI pricing or ACI equivalency, Walgreens can still be maintained in your pharmacy program