Annual P&T Competition
This year, 64 schools of pharmacy nationwide participated in the 2021 Annual National Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition for Student Pharmacists, organized by AMCP Foundation. In addition to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams, 2021 finalist teams hailed from Purdue University College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy, and Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy.
Thank You to Our Partners!
- Our lead funding partner for the 2021 Competition was Supernus Pharmaceuticals.
- Additional support was provided by Eisai, Inc. Our partners also include FormularyDecisions, which hosts AMCP eDossiers.
- The study drug was DAYVIGO® (lemborexant) CIV tablets. The AMCP Foundation thanks manufacturer Eisai, Inc., for the use of this dossier. DAYVIGO is a registered trademark of Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.
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- The AMCP Foundation National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition is an annual event designed to provide an immersive experience in the skills necessary for effective formulary review and management.
- The P&T Competition is a team event. The ideal team has four members in different years of the pharmacy curriculum.
- P&T Competition teams work together as if they are preparing for -- and presenting to -- a mock P&T Committee. Case study assignments typically include (1) a written evaluation of the competition drug, with recommendations for formulary placement and any associated utilization management strategies; and (2) an oral presentation supported by PowerPoint slides. The assignments involve extensive research into the clinical, humanistic, and pharmacoeconomic evidence supporting the value proposition of the competition drug(s).
- Each pharmacy school/college may enter one team into the national competition. If more than one team is interested in competing, a single team must be selected (typically the winner of a local competition).
- During the national competition semi-final round, national judges appointed by the AMCP Foundation evaluate and score the assignments submitted by each team. The teams with the highest scores advance to the final round of competition.
- Through the generosity of the P&T Competition funding partners, the AMCP Foundation may extend honoraria to each national finalist team and/or the winning teams. However, awarding of honoraria is not guaranteed.
Formulary management is an integrated patient care process that enables physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals to work together to promote clinically sound, cost-effective medication therapy and positive therapeutic outcomes. Formulary management systems are used routinely by health plans, pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs), hospitals, and government agencies (including the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Defense, and Medicare and Medicaid programs).
A drug formulary is a continually updated list of medications and related products supported by current evidence-based medicine and the judgment of physicians, pharmacists, and other experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and preservation of health. The overall goal is to develop a list of the safest, most effective medications that will produce the desired goals of therapy at the most reasonable cost to the health care system.
Primary responsibility for developing, managing, updating, and administering the drug formulary rests with the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee. The P&T Committee also designs and implements formulary system policies on utilization and access to medications.
Pharmacists who serve on or provide support to P&T Committees must understand how to evaluate the best available scientific, clinical, and economic evidence on medication use. They also must be able to determine the impact of medication use on patient population outcomes, conduct cost/benefit analyses, and relate drug therapy choices to current practice guidelines.
The P&T Competition was created to introduce student pharmacists to the skills necessary for effective formulary review and management. By participating in the P&T Competition, student pharmacists gain experience in gathering and critically analyzing scientific, clinical, and economic evidence in a systematic and rigorous fashion. They also hone written and oral communication skills that are increasingly important in today’s health care environment.