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Specialities list: insured medicines

The Specialities list includes medicines that are reimbursed under basic insurance. The medicines listed here are approved by Swissmedic. A medicine must be proven to be effective, expedient and economical to be included in the list.

What is the Specialities list?

The Specialities list is a list of industrially produced medicines (original drugs and generics) published by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Health insurance providers cover the costs of medicines included on this list under basic insurance.

Which medicines are included on the FOPH’s Specialities list?

The Specialities list includes industrially produced medicines: Original drugs, generics and various homeopathic, phytotherapeutic and anthroposophical medicinal products from complementary and alternative medicine.

The Swissmedic authorisation and supervisory authority decides which medicines are included in the Specialities list. New medicines are tested by Swissmedic for their safety and efficacy before they are authorised.

Here you can search for medicines on the Specialities list.

Do I have to pay for medicines that are not on the list myself?

In addition to the Specialities list, there is another list known as the Medicines list with tariff. This list includes medicines specially prepared by pharmacists. These medicines are also covered under basic insurance.

Medicines that do not appear in the Specialities list or the Medicines list with tariff are known as uninsured drugs. These are not covered by basic insurance.

However, some uninsured drugs are covered by supplementary insurance plans.

Sanitas offers various supplementary insurance plans that include benefits for uninsured medicines.

Here you will find additional information on medicines: costs covered by Sanitas.

On the negative list here you will find medicines that are not covered or only party covered by supplementary insurance.