September 12, 2013

State of Alabama
Press Release: Medicaid

Pharmacy/Preferred Drug List Update

TO:      Pharmacies, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Oral Surgeons, Optometrists, Dentists, FQHCs, RHCs, Mental Health Service Providers and Nursing Homes

Effective October 1, 2013, the Alabama Medicaid Agency will update the Preferred Drug List (PDL) to reflect the recent Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee’s recommendations as well as quarterly updates. The updates are listed below:

PDL Additions


EENT Preparations/Antibacterials

Combivent Respimat

Respiratory/Respiratory Beta-Adrenergic Agonists


EENT Preparations/Antiallergic Agents


EENT Preparations/Antiallergic Agents


EENT Preparations/Antibacterials

PDL Deletions


EENT Preparations/Vasoconstrictors

For additional PDL and coverage information, visit our drug look-up site at 

Additionally, on July 1, 2013, an accumulation edit was implemented to limit dispensing of early refills to no more than seven extra days’ worth of medication per 120 rolling days. Claims that exceed, or result in the accumulation of more than seven extra days’ worth of medication in a 120 - day time period will deny.

The PA request form and criteria booklet, as well as a link for a PA request form that can be completed and submitted electronically online, can be found on the Agency’s website at and should be utilized by the prescribing physician or the dispensing pharmacy when requesting a PA. Providers requesting PAs by mail or fax should send requests to:


Health Information Designs (HID)

Medicaid Pharmacy Administrative Services

P. O. Box 3210 Auburn, AL 36832-3210

Fax: 1-800-748-0116

Phone: 1-800-748-0130


Incomplete PA requests or those failing to meet Medicaid criteria will be denied. If the prescribing physician believes medical justification should be considered, the physician must document this on the form or submit a written letter of medical justification along with the prior authorization form to HID. Additional information may be requested. Staff physicians will review this information. 

Policy questions concerning this provider notice should be directed to the Pharmacy Program at (334) 242-5050. Questions regarding prior authorization procedures should be directed to the HID help desk at 1-800-748-0130.


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