ORS 414.361¹
Committee to advise and make recommendations on drug utilization review standards and interventions
  • preferred drug list

(1) The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee shall advise the Oregon Health Authority on:

(a) Adoption of rules to implement ORS 414.351 (Definitions for ORS 414.351 to 414.414) to 414.414 (Use and disclosure of confidential information) in accordance with ORS chapter 183.

(b) Implementation of the medical assistance program retrospective and prospective programs as described in ORS 414.351 (Definitions for ORS 414.351 to 414.414) to 414.414 (Use and disclosure of confidential information), including the type of software programs to be used by the pharmacist for prospective drug use review and the provisions of the contractual agreement between the state and any entity involved in the retrospective program.

(c) Development of and application of the criteria and standards to be used in retrospective and prospective drug use review in a manner that ensures that such criteria and standards are based on compendia, relevant guidelines obtained from professional groups through consensus-driven processes, the experience of practitioners with expertise in drug therapy, data and experience obtained from drug utilization review program operations. The committee shall have an open professional consensus process for establishing and revising criteria and standards. Criteria and standards shall be available to the public. In developing recommendations for criteria and standards, the committee shall establish an explicit ongoing process for soliciting and considering input from interested parties. The committee shall make timely revisions to the criteria and standards based upon this input in addition to revisions based upon scheduled review of the criteria and standards. Further, the drug utilization review standards shall reflect the local practices of prescribers in order to monitor:

(A) Therapeutic appropriateness.

(B) Overutilization or underutilization.

(C) Therapeutic duplication.

(D) Drug-disease contraindications.

(E) Drug-drug interactions.

(F) Incorrect drug dosage or drug treatment duration.

(G) Clinical abuse or misuse.

(H) Drug allergies.

(d) Development, selection and application of and assessment for interventions that are educational and not punitive in nature for medical assistance program prescribers, dispensers and patients.

(2) In reviewing retrospective and prospective drug use, the committee may consider only drugs that have received final approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration.

(3) The committee shall make recommendations to the authority, subject to approval by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority or the director’s designee, for drugs to be included on any preferred drug list adopted by the authority and on the Practitioner-Managed Prescription Drug Plan. The committee shall also recommend all utilization controls, prior authorization requirements or other conditions for the coverage of a drug.

(4) In making recommendations under subsection (3) of this section, the committee may use any information the committee deems appropriate. The recommendations must be based upon the following factors in order of priority:

(a) Safety and efficacy of the drug.

(b) The ability of Oregonians to access effective prescription drugs that are appropriate for their clinical conditions.

(c) Substantial differences in the costs of drugs within the same therapeutic class.

(5)(a) No later than seven days after the date on which the committee makes a recommendation under subsection (3) of this section, the committee shall publish the recommendation on the website of the authority.

(b) As soon as practicable after the committee makes a recommendation, the director shall decide whether to approve, disapprove or modify the recommendation, shall publish the decision on the website and shall notify persons who have requested notification of the decision.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, a recommendation approved by the director, in whole or in part, with respect to the inclusion of a drug on a preferred drug list or the Practitioner-Managed Prescription Drug Plan may not become effective less than seven days after the date that the director’s decision is published on the website.

(6)(a) The director may allow the immediate implementation of a recommendation described in subsection (5)(c) of this section if the director determines that immediate implementation is necessary to protect patient safety or to comply with state or federal requirements.

(b) The director shall reconsider any decision to approve, disapprove or modify a recommendation described in subsection (5)(c) of this section upon the request of any interested person filed no later than seven days after the director’s decision is published on the website of the authority. The director’s determination regarding the request for reconsideration shall be sent to the requester and posted to the website without undue delay. Upon receipt of a request for reconsideration, the director may:

(A) Delay the implementation of the recommendation pending the reconsideration process; or

(B) Implement the recommendation if the director determines that delay could reasonably result in harm to patient safety or would violate state or federal requirements. [2011 c.720 §4; 2019 c.111 §1]

Note: See note under 414.351 (Definitions for ORS 414.351 to 414.414).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 414—Medical Assistance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors414.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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