Physicians Needed for Drug Formulary Committee

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking applications from practicing physicians to serve on the Minnesota Health Care Programs Drug Formulary Committee (DFC).

The primary statutory responsibility of the DFC is to advise DHS on drugs to be placed under prior authorization (PA). The DFC also is involved with other pharmaceutical and therapeutic related considerations. 

Meeting discussions include topics such as drug classes included in the preferred drug list (PDL) and specialty drug list, coverage of new drugs, PA criteria, generic substitution, and coverage of over-the-counter (OTC) products. The committee is supported by a DHS staff pharmacist who facilitates the meeting and acts as the meeting secretary. There is a $100 stipend and mileage reimbursement for each meeting’s attendance. The requested commitment is three years.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of formulary management and be up to date on clinical literature. DFC meetings are public and are held two to eight times per year in St. Paul during the evening hours of 5 to 9 p.m. DFC meetings have been held virtually during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Interested individuals should provide names and contact information to Dave Hoang, Pharm.D., the DHS clinical pharmacist and DFC ex officio. Background information about the DFC or Pharmacy Department activities may be obtained by contacting Hoang or by applying for an Open Appointment through the Secretary of State’s Office.