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Dispensing (Quantity vs. Time) Limits

Dispensing limits are edits that prevent prescription claims from being processed and paid by the health plan if a member is receiving more than the clinically appropriate amount of medication over a stated period of time.

The objective of dispensing limits is to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care in order to obtain appropriate outcomes and to address inappropriate utilization at the time of dispensing to minimize health risks and reduce overall costs.

Limits are typically developed based on FDA-approved drug labeling.

Dispensing Limits Drug Lists

These lists provide all of the drug classes and the prescription drugs that are subject to dispensing limits.

Request Override for Dispensing Limit

If your drug request is not shown in the drug categories of the dispensing limits drug list, please use the standard dispensing limit override form below. This form should be completed by the prescribing physician and faxed to the Prime Therapeutics Clinical Review Department at 877-243-6930. If you have questions or need additional information, call 800-544-1378.


Prime Therapeutics LLC is a pharmacy benefit management company. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico contracts with Prime Therapeutics to provide pharmacy benefit management and other related services. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, as well as several other independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, has an ownership interest in Prime Therapeutics LLC.