July 2017 Preferred Drug List

Preferred Drugs

Preferred drugs are medications recommended by the Texas Drug Utilization Review Board for their efficaciousness, clinical significance, cost effectiveness, and safety. The Texas Medicaid Formulary contains all formulary products, including those on the preferred drug list, available to Medicaid clients. Preferred products are available without prior authorization, although they may be subject to clinical prior authorization. Drugs identified as non-preferred on the PDL require a prior authorization. Medicaid managed care plans are required to follow the Texas Medicaid Preferred Drug List.

Obtaining PDL (Non-preferred) Prior Authorization

Prescribing providers or their representatives should contact one of the following authorization authorities:

Medicaid Managed Care

  • Prescribing providers or their representatives should contact the MCO's prior authorization call center. The Prescriber Assistance Chart (PDF) identifies each MCO's prior authorization and member call center. The MCO must notify the prescribing provider of authorization approval or denial within 24 hours of the time of the request.

Traditional Medicaid

  • The Texas PA Call Center accepts prior authorization requests by phone at 1-877-PA-TEXAS (1-877-728-3927) or online.

Preferred Drug List

The Preferred Drug List (PDL) is published every January and July and is also available through Epocrates.