Preferred Drug List (PDL) and Pharmacy Quarterly Update


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

RE: Preferred Drug List (PDL) and Pharmacy Quarterly Update

Effective October 1, 2021, the Alabama Medicaid Agency will:

1. Require Prior Authorization (PA) for Azelastine/Fluticasone nasal spray (generic Dymista). Brand Dymista will be added as preferred.

2. Require Dymista to be billed with a Dispense as Written (DAW) Code of 9. DAW Code of 9 indicates the following: Substitution Allowed by Prescriber but Plan Requests Brand. This value is used when the prescriber has indicated, in a manner specified by prevailing law, that generic substitution is permitted, but the Plan requests the brand product to be dispensed.

3. Update the PDL to reflect the quarterly updates listed below:

PDL Additions

AirDuo RespiClick

Respiratory Corticosteroids

Arnuity Ellipta

Respiratory Corticosteroids

Breo Ellipta

Respiratory Corticosteroids


EENT Antiallergic Agents


Growth Hormones

PDL Deletions

Azelastine/Fluticasone Nasal Spray (generic Dymista)

EENT Antiallergic Agents


EENT Antiallergic Agents

            CC Preferred with Clinical Criteria


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


The Prior Authorization (PA) request form and criteria booklet should be utilized by the prescriber or the dispensing pharmacy when requesting a PA. The PA request form can be completed and submitted electronically on the Agency’s website at


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 prescriber believes medical justification should be considered, the prescriber must document this on the form or submit a written letter of medical justification along with the PA form to HID. Additional information may be requested. Staff physicians will review this information.