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New Drugs and New or Nonpreferred Dosage Forms

DrugNew Drugs and New or Nonpreferred Dosage Forms

November 2018

  • New drugs
  • New dosage forms
  • Nonpreferred dosage forms
  • New fixed-dose combinations

Newly approved drugs as of July 1, 2005


  • To ensure that the newly approved drug is not the first drug used when other safe and effective options exist
  • To ensure that the patient is a good candidate to receive benefit from the newly approved drug

PA criteria for approval of new drugs

  • Drug is restricted to FDA approved indications AND
  • Other therapies for the disease state have been tried at a reasonable dose and duration without success (intolerance or ineffectiveness), or there is no existing therapy AND 
  • Prescribing physician must make a statement of anticipated benefit and defines when efficacy will be re-evaluated

New or Nonpreferred dosage forms

For all requests, the prescriber must provide the following:

  • List the specific drug being requested, including:
    • dosage form
    • strength
    • use directions
  • Document when/if the preferred drug was tried and the length of the trial period
  • Provide specific clinical documentation of therapeutic failure on the preferred drug whenever possible
  • Describe the medical problem caused by the preferred drug (if applicable). Stomach ache and other non-descript symptoms are not adequate rationale

Approval criteria

  • Patient had an allergic reaction to a specific inactive ingredient in the preferred drug OR
  • Patient had an adverse reaction to a specific inactive ingredient in the preferred drug OR
  • Patient had therapeutic success while taking a non-preferred drug and therapeutic failure while taking the preferred drug OR
  • If the request is for rapidly disintegrating tablets and oral solutions, the following criteria must be met:
    • Patient cannot swallow a tablet whole and is not taking any other tablet whole by mouth OR
    • Patient experiences an acute situation of extreme anxiety or other acute disorder that prohibits the patient from swallowing a whole tablet OR
    • Patient has a history of non-compliance or “cheeking” medications OR
    • Prescriber provides another reason why the patient cannot take the dose of the medication by an oral tablet or other means, depending on primary route of administration OR
    • If a patient has a gastrostomy or other feeding tube, the rapidly disintegrating tablet will be approved if the solid oral formulation available can’t be crushed and administered via the tube or if there is no liquid formulation OR
  • If the request is for controlled-release or extended-release preparations, the following criteria must be met:
    • Prescriber provides a reason why the extended-release preparation will provide better clinical results than products on the market OR
  • Provider has a clinically relevant reason and supporting documentation why the non-preferred dosage form product should be used

New fixed-dose combinations

Approval criteria

  • Prescriber provides a compelling clinical reason why a fixed-dose combination will provide superior clinical efficacy than each component taken separately


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