Limited Coverage Drugs – atomoxetine

Generic Name



10 mg, 18 mg, 25 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, 100 mg



Special Authority Criteria

Approval Period

For patients 6 years of age and older diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with hyperactivity, impulsivity, or inattention that interfere with functioning


  • Patient has been previously tried on both methylphenidate
    AND an amphetamine with unsatisfactory results or intolerance*


  • Patient has contraindication(s) to stimulants.

* See Special Notes below


Practitioner Exemptions

  • No practitioner exemptions.

Special Notes

  • Unsatisfactory trial of or intolerance to both methylphenidate AND an amphetamine: defined as no demonstrated effectiveness for symptoms of ADHD or functional impairment secondary to ADHD after a minimum 1 week trial of an adequate dose of both methylphenidate AND an amphetamine. At least one trial must be with an extended-release/long-acting stimulant. Specific details of drug, dose and duration tried, and unsatisfactory response are required, as applicable.
  • Specific details of medication intolerance or contraindication must be included in the Special Authority Request.
  • Coverage is not intended for "performance enhancement" in patients who do not have symptoms or functional impairment.

Special Authority Request Forms