May 25, 2017

Texas Medicaid will implement the semi-annual update of the Medicaid preferred drug list (PDL) on July 27, 2017.  The update is based on changes presented at the Drug Utilization Review Board meetings in January and April 2017.  

The following drug classes are being added to the PDL:

  • Anxiolytics
  • Ophthalmic, Anti-inflammatory/Immunomodulator
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Urea Cycle Disorder Medications

Specific noteworthy changes include the following:

Drug Name Current Status July Status Comments
Benicar and Benicar HCT Preferred Non-preferred  
Exforge and Exforge HCT Preferred Non-preferred  
amlodipine/valsartan and amlodipine/valsartan/HCT Non-preferred Preferred  
Bromfed DM Preferred Non-preferred  
brompheniramine/pseudoephedrine/dextromethorphan Non-preferred Preferred  
Imitrex nasal Preferred Non-preferred  
Imitrex injection kit Preferred Non-preferred  
sumatriptan nasal Non-preferred Preferred  
sumatriptan injection kit Non-preferred Preferred  
Zomig nasal Non-preferred Preferred  
methadone Not previously reviewed Non-preferred No PDL PA for age less than 24 months
Nasonex Preferred Non-preferred Fluticasone nasal to be only preferred intranasal rhinitis agent

Not all drugs on the Texas Medicaid formulary are included on the PDL, and most drugs are identified as preferred or non-preferred.  Drugs identified on the PDL as preferred, or not listed at all, are available to individuals without prior authorization.  Drugs identified as non-preferred require a PDL prior authorization.  In addition, clinical prior authorizations may apply to any individual drug or an entire drug class on the formulary, including some preferred and non-preferred drugs.

The PDL Criteria Guide (PDF) explains the criteria used to evaluate the PDL prior authorization requests.  Please refer to the DUR Board documents for specific PDL changes for the new therapeutic classes.