Clinical Criteria
ADD/ADHD Agents (Revised November 11, 2021)*
Aliskiren Containing Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised February 17, 2021)
Aliskiren Containing Agents (Revised March 21, 2019)*
Allergen Extracts (Revised December 10, 2019)*
Altabax (Revised February 17, 2021)*
Amantadine ER (Pending Implementation) (Revised January 27, 2021)*
Androgenic Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 21, 2019)*
Antiemetic Agents (Revised February 17, 2021)*
Antifungal Agents, Topical (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 22, 2021)*
Antipsychotic Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised November 16, 2021)*
Antipsychotic Agents (Revised February 17, 2021)*
Anxiolytics and Sedative-Hypnotics (Revised July 23, 2021)*
Arikayce (Pending Implementation) (Revised February 17, 2021)*
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 1, 2021)*
Buprenorphine Agents (Revised July 19, 2021)*
Carisoprodol Overuse (Revised March 26, 2019)*
Carisoprodol-Containing Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised May 23, 2019)*
CGRP Antagonists, Acute (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
CGRP Antagonists, Chronic (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 7, 2021)*
CNS Stimulants (Revised October 29, 2019)*
Colcrys (Pending Implementation) (Revised February 17, 2021)*
Cough & Cold Agents (Revised March 10, 2020)*
COX-2 Inhibitors (Revised February 18, 2021)*
Cyclobenzaprine (Revised March 27, 2019)*
Cymbalta (Pending Implementation) (Revised January 30, 2020)*
Cystic Fibrosis Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 1, 2021)*
Cystic Fibrosis Agents (Revised January 20, 2021)
Cytokine and CAM Antagonists (Pending Implementation) (Revised November 16, 2021)*
Cytokine and CAM Antagonists (Revised March 2, 2021)*
Desmopressin (Revised December 21, 2020)*
Dextromethorphan Overutilization (Revised December 30, 2019)*
Diabetic Test Strips (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 27, 2019)*
Diacomit (Pending Implementation) (Revised August 20, 2020)*
Diclofenac (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 27, 2019)*
Dopamine Agonists (Pending Implementation) (Revised January 22, 2021)*
Doxylamine/Pyridoxine (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 29, 2019)*
DPP4 Inhibitors (Revised March 27, 2019)*
Drug Regimen Optimization (Pending Implementation) (Revised November 11, 2019)*
Drug Regimen Optimization (Revised September 16, 2019)*
Dupixent (Pending Implementation January 4, 2022) (Revised October 27, 2021)*
Dupixent (Revised March 3, 2021)*
Duplicate Therapy (Revised October 29, 2021)*
Emflaza (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 7, 2021)*
Emflaza (Revised July 3, 2019)*
Enzymes (Pending Implementation) (Revised April 5, 2021)*
Enzymes (Revised September 11, 2019)*
Epidiolex (Pending Implementation May 11, 2021) (Revised February 25, 2021)*
Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (Revised October 7, 2020)*
Evrysdi (Pending Implementation) (Revised January 22, 2021)*
Fentanyl Agents (Revised July 19, 2021)*
Forteo (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 28, 2019)*
Gabapentin Agents (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Gaucher's Disease Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 15, 2019)*
GI Motility Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 30, 2019)*
GI Motility Agents (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Glatiramer Acetate Injection (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 15, 2019)*
GLP-1 Receptor Agonists (Revised June 1, 2021)*
Growth Hormone Agents (Revised June 8, 2021)*
Growth Hormone Quick Reference Guide
HAE Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 1, 2021)*
Hemady (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2021)*
HP Acthar (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 24, 2020)*
HP Acthar (Revised July 15, 2019)*
Hyperlipidemia Agents (Formerly PCSK9 Inhibitors) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Hyperlipidemia Agents (Pending Implementation December 7, 2021) (Revised October 7, 2021)*
Imiquimod (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Increlex (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Inhaled Antibiotics (Pending Implementation) (Revised February 13, 2020)*
Ketorolac (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Keveyis (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Leukotriene Modifiers (Revised July 15, 2019)*
Lidocaine Patches (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 15, 2019)*
Lovaza (Revised June 18, 2021)*
Lupus Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 22, 2021)*
Lyrica (Pending Implementation) (Revised June 26, 2020)*
Makena (Revised May 14, 2019)*
Monoclonal Antibody Agents (Fasenra and Nucala) (Pending Implementation December 14, 2021) (Revised August 9, 2021)*
Monoclonal Antibody Agents (Fasenra and Nucala) (Revised February 1, 2021)*
Multiple Sclerosis Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 23, 2021)*
Nitazoxanide (Formerly Alinia) (Revised February 17, 2021)*
NItazoxanide (Pending Implementation November 23, 2021) (Revised September 7, 2021)*
Nuedexta (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Nuplazid (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Ophthalmic Immunomodulators (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 7, 2021)*
Opiate Overutilization (Revised July 27, 2020)*
Opiate/Benzodiazepine/Muscle Relaxant Combinations (Revised January 30, 2020)*
Oriahnn (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 28, 2020)*
Orilissa (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Oxervate (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 24, 2020)*
Oxycontin / Narcotic Analgesic (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Palforzia (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
PDE5-Inhibitors (Revised October 6, 2021)*
Phosphate Binders (Pending Implementation) (Revised August 31, 2021)*
Phosphate Binders (Revised January 30, 2020)*
Plavix (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Promethazine Agents (Pending Implementation December 7, 2021) (Revised October 19, 2021)*
Promethazine Utilization (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Propylthiouracil (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Proton Pump Inhibitors (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Pulmonary Hypertension Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised February 13, 2020)*
Qelbree (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 28, 2021)*
Ranexa (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Retinoids (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 19, 2021)*
Savella (Pending Implementation) (Revised March 29, 2019)*
SGLT2 Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised June 18, 2021)*
Sickle Cell Agents (Revised January 30, 2020)*
Symlin (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Synagis (Revised August 11, 2020)*
Thiazolidinediones (Revised November 11, 2020)*
Topical Acne Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised July 19, 2021)*
Topical Immunomodulators (Revised June 24, 2020)*
Transthyretin Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
Urea Cycle Disorder Agents (Pending Implementation) (Revised April 26, 2019)
Valturna (Retired) (Revised August 23, 2017)*
VMAT2 Inhibitors (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 15, 2021)*
VMAT2 Inhibitors (Revised June 24, 2020)*
Wakix (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
Xifaxan (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Xyrem (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
Xyrem (Revised March 29, 2019)*
Xyrem/Xywav (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
Zelboraf (Pending Implementation) (Revised October 8, 2021)*
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Announcements
November 2021 Drug Utilization Review Board Meeting Summary
by CHRISTINA.FAULKNER on 11/18/2021
The Texas Drug Utilization Review Board met on Friday, November 12, to recommend Medicaid clinical prior authorizations and drugs for the preferred drug list. A summary of this meeting is now available from the Texas Vendor Drug Program website. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022. To learn more, visit txvendordrug.com/about/news.
Removal of Specialist Requirement from Clinical Prior Authorization Criteria Scheduled for January 3
by CHRISTINA.FAULKNER on 11/05/2021
On January 3, HHSC will remove the specialist requirement from the following clinical prior authorization criteria: CGRP Antagonist, Acute; CGRP Antagonists, Chronic; Emflaza; Ophthalmic Immunomodulators; Palforzia; Transthyretin Agents; VMAT2 Inhibitors; Wakix; Xyrem/Xywav; and Xelboraf. To learn more, refer to the Vendor Drug Program website at txvendordrug.com/about/news.
Alinia Clinical Prior Authorization Criteria Revision Effective Nov. 23
by CHRISTINA.FAULKNER on 09/20/2021
HHSC will revise the Alinia (nitazoxanide) clinical prior authorization criteria effective Nov. 23, 2021. These changes reflect the generic tablets on the Medicaid formulary and remove the generic code numbers for the brand name. Additionally, HHSC will remove the criteria for the Alinia suspension and rename the document. The prior authorization is optional for managed care. To learn more, visit txvendordrug.com/about/news.
Duplicate Therapy Clinical Prior Authorization Criteria Revision Begins Oct. 19
by TALESHIA.CORE on 08/24/2021
Beginning Oct. 19, 2021, HHSC will remove the oral corticosteroids from the Duplicate Therapy clinical prior authorization criteria. This will allow for the approval of combination therapy with both oral and inhaled corticosteroids to treat asthma. The Duplicate Therapy clinical prior authorization is optional for MCOs. To learn more, visit txvendordrug.com/about/news.
Changes to Hepatitis C Prior Authorization Criteria
by CHRISTINA.FAULKNER on 06/29/2021
Beginning September 1, 2021, Medicaid will expand coverage of the Hepatitis C virus clinical prior authorization criteria to include all metavir fibrosis scores. To learn more, visit txvendordrug.com/about/news.
Nucala Clinical Prior Authorization Update Begins July 12
by CHRISTINA.FAULKNER on 06/18/2021
HHSC will revise the Nucala clinical prior authorization criteria section in the Monoclonal Antibody Agents for Asthma clinical prior authorization following the US Food and Drug Administration approved indications. Nucala is a monoclonal antibody prescribed as maintenance therapy for patients 6 years and older with severe eosinophilic asthma. However, the autoinjector and prefilled syringe products are only FDA-approved for at-home use for adults and adolescents age 12 and older. This clinical prior authorization is optional for MCOs. To learn more, visit txvendordrug.com/about/news.
Enzymes Clinical Prior Authorization Criteria Revisions Effective June 30
by TANNER.BAIN on 04/21/2021
HHSC will revise the clinical prior authorization criteria guides for enzymes on June 30, 2021, per the recent US Food and Drug Administration changes. References to Adagen, Ceprotin, Fabrazyme, and Revcovi will change. To learn more, visit txvendordrug.com/about/news.