2021 P&T Competition
AMCP Foundation looks forward to your participation in the 21st Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition!
The study drug for the 2021 P&T Competition is DAYVIGO™ (lemborexant) CIV tablets. DAYVIGO is an orexin receptor antagonist indicated for the treatment of adult patients with insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance.
The deadline for entries to the 2021 National P&T Competition (only one per pharmacy school/college) is 11:59 PM EST on Monday, January 25, 2021.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the lead sponsor for the National Student Pharmacist P&T Competition. AMCP Foundation thanks Supernus for its generous support of student pharmacists and managed care pharmacy.
AMCP Foundation thanks FormularyDecisions and Eisai, Inc. for use of the DAYVIGO AMCP eDossier for this competition.
For the 2021 P&T Competition, Supernus Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi US Services Inc. also provided financial support.
Learn more about partnering with AMCP Foundation to develop managed care leaders.
COVID-19 is impacting the entire world—and that includes the P&T Competition. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, AMCP is monitoring data from CDC and state/local health agencies. AMCP Foundation is adjusting P&T Competition procedures as warranted. Please visit this page regularly, as we will continue to update it, and subscribe to the competition e-newsletter.
How to Prepare for the 2021 P&T Competition
The AMCP Foundation National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition is 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 meeting. Case study assignments typically include (1) a written evaluation of the competition drug (“drug monograph”) that includes recommendations for formulary placement and (2) an oral presentation supported by PowerPoint slides.
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.
All competing team members are expected to have a working knowledge of all deadlines, rules and requirements, and procedures for the P&T Competition.
Each pharmacy school/college must designate one student Competition Coordinator to serve as the primary contact person for all competing teams at the pharmacy school/college.
The student Competition Coordinator is responsible for disseminating important P&T Competition materials (e.g., Case Study and Team Assignments document, monograph template) to all competing teams and keeping teams informed about P&T Competition news.
The student Competition Coordinator also is responsible for forwarding questions from individual teams or team members to the AMCP Foundation. Responses to questions must be shared with all teams and team members, so as not to advantage or disadvantage any one team.
If a pharmacy school/college has more than one campus, the student Competition Coordinator at the main campus (usually also the home of the official AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter) will serve as the primary liaison between AMCP and all competing teams on all campuses affiliated with the pharmacy school/college. It may be helpful to designate Assistant Competition Coordinators on each campus to coordinate communication among campuses.
It is permissible for Competition Coordinators to be members of P&T Competition teams.
AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapters are encouraged to place Competition Coordinators on their Executive Boards along with President, Vice President, etc.
Each pharmacy school/college must designate at least one P&T Competition Advisor.
The Advisor for the P&T Competition typically is the AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter Faculty Advisor or another faculty member. It is permissible to have a competition Advisor who is not an employee of the pharmacy school/college; however, some institutional affiliation generally is helpful.
The Advisor for the P&T Competition is not required to be an AMCP member.
P&T Competition teams usually are composed of four (4) student pharmacists. Teams may compete with fewer than four members, but this is not optimal or recommended.
One (1) additional student may serve as an “alternate” in case any of the official team members are unable to compete for any reason.
Teams ideally should be composed of students in different years of the pharmacy curriculum (i.e., P1, P2, P3, P4).
P&T Competition team members must be enrolled full-time in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at a school or college of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Dual-degree enrollment (e.g., PharmD/MBA) is permissible.
Students enrolled only in programs other than a Doctor of Pharmacy program—for example, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or PhD programs—are not eligible to compete.
Residents and fellows are not eligible to compete.
All team members must be active national AMCP Student Pharmacist Members! Be sure everyone is signed up before the competition begins.
Each team should designate a captain who will be responsible for ensuring that all competition deadlines are met.
Each pharmacy school/college may enter only one team into the national competition. If more than one team is interested in competing, you must decide on a single team. Many schools conduct a local competition to determine a single winning team.
AMCP Foundation is not involved in any way in local competitions, and there is no requirement to conduct a local competition. Whether and how local competitions are conducted is entirely up to the individual pharmacy school/college, with consideration of available resources and ability to manage the competition.
If an AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter serves multiple campuses of a pharmacy school/college, the school still may enter only one team into the national competition. In this situation, chapters may hold local competitions on each campus, then ask judges to determine an overall winner (for example, based on written assignments).
How to Conduct a Local Competition
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, changes to usual P&T Competition procedures may be needed. Please note that schools can conduct local competitions in any way that makes the best use of available resources and accommodates all interested student pharmacists.
In typical years, many schools choose to mimic the format of the national competition by having teams submit written assignments and make a mock P&T Committee presentation at a live event. If you choose to follow the format of the national competition, establish a deadline by which all competing teams must submit written competition assignments to local judges. This deadline should be at least 1 week before the date of the live local competition presentations.
During the national competition, each team would be allotted 60 minutes for the mock P&T Committee presentation. This encompasses 5 minutes for set-up, a maximum of 20 minutes for the presentation, 25 minutes for judges to pose questions to the team and provide feedback, and 10 minutes for wrap-up/transition to the next team.
View the How to Conduct a Local P&T Competition Guide from AMCP's Student Pharmacist Committee for additional insight. Chapters with multiple campuses or a very large number of teams also may consider conducting more than one round of the local competition.
Judges for Local Competitions
We recommend that schools recruit at least two faculty members or managed care professionals that reflect a balance of judging experience (both new and seasoned judges) and a variety of practice areas (e.g., academia, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans).
Possible sources of judges include your pharmacy school/college alumni network and past speakers at AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter events. Since most P&T Committee members are physicians, consider asking local physicians or medical students to serve as judges!
We strongly discourage recruiting judges employed in the pharmaceutical industry. Due to confidentiality considerations, employees of biopharmaceutical companies are not permitted to access the manufacturer dossier for the drug under study.
Consider recruiting at least one alternate judge, in the event someone needs to drop out unexpectedly.
AMCP Foundation will distribute judging criteria to all student Competition Coordinators and P&T Competition Advisors as part of the official competition materials. You are free to modify these criteria as desired for local competitions. Most schools choose to use the judging criteria as provided, because they reflect the criteria used for the national competition.
All competition materials, including the case study and judging criteria, should be shared with the local judges. Judges also may register online for access to the manufacturer dossier for the drug under study.
How to Enter the 2021 P&T Competition
To create an account for your pharmacy school/college in the P&T Competition online portal and register your school’s intention to compete (Steps 2 and 3), you will be asked to provide names and contact information for the student Competition Coordinator, the AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter President (if applicable), and your Competition Advisor(s).
Be sure to have the following information for each of these individuals available before attempting to create an account:
- Correct spelling of first and last names.
- Complete mailing address.
- Telephone number.
- Email address.
Visit https://pt.amcpfoundation.org to create one account for your pharmacy school/college in the P&T Competition online portal.
The account should be created using the contact information for your school’s student Competition Coordinator.
The email address for the student Competition Coordinator must be a school-issued email address with a “.edu” domain (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
Confirmation of successful account creation will be sent to the Competition Coordinator’s email address as entered.
The email address for the student Competition Coordinator also will become the username for the account.
Step-by-step instructions for creating your school account in the P&T Competition portal are provided in “Create Your Account and Register Your School."
After you successfully create an account in the P&T Competition portal, log back in to register your school’s intention to compete and provide information for your key contacts.
You will need the information gathered in Step 1 to complete this step.
IMPORTANT: To ensure early access to important confidential competition materials and eventual eDossier access by all individual competitors at your pharmacy school/college, be sure to complete this step by October 2, 2020.
You will still be able to register your school’s intention to compete after October 2, but you may miss out on important P&T Competition communications.
Step-by-step instructions for registering your school’s intention to compete and providing information for key contacts are provided in “Create Your Account and Register Your School."
After you successfully register your school’s intention to compete and provide information for your key contacts, a confirmation email (titled “P&T Competition – Intention to Compete Confirmation”) will be sent to the Competition Coordinator’s email address as entered.
Note that this email includes a 5-digit Registration ID that begins with 21 (i.e., 21XXX). This Registration ID will be your school’s Team ID for the 2021 National P&T Competition.
The Team ID is used to conceal the identity of teams from judges. You will need to incorporate the Team ID into your P&T Competition submissions as instructed in this year’s Case Study and Team Assignments document.
Be sure to save this email message and/or record your Registration ID number and keep it safe. You’ll need it again in January 2021!
To gain access to the eDossier for the P&T Competition study drug and related competition resources, student pharmacists participating on P&T Competition teams must create an individual account in the FormularyDecisions/AMCP eDossier system (student version). Advisors and local competition judges also are able to create individual accounts.
Note that you will not be able to create an individual account until after your pharmacy school/college has created an account in the P&T Competition online portal and registered its intention to compete.
IMPORTANT: If you created an individual account for a previous P&T Competition, you still must register for the current year competition. When you access the registration page for P&T Competition participants, you will be directed to update your existing credentials.
Each individual account is evaluated to confirm that the person creating the account qualifies for eDossier access. This process can take up to 3 business days. Be sure to watch for a confirmation email inviting you to activate your account!
The P&T Competition Case Study and Team Assignments, along with associated national judging criteria, are shared with the Competition Coordinator and Advisor(s) for each participating pharmacy school/college. The Competition Coordinator is responsible for disseminating the case study and all associated materials to all participating teams.
Questions from individual teams or team members must be funneled through the Competition Coordinator or Advisor. Individual teams or team members are not permitted to contact AMCP Foundation directly.
Responses to questions must be shared with all teams and team members, so as not to advantage or disadvantage any one team.
The last day for local competitions is January 24, 2021
Schools can conduct local competitions in any way that makes the best use of available resources and accommodates all interested student pharmacists. Many schools choose to mimic the format of the national competition by having teams submit written assignments followed by a mock P&T Committee presentation at a live event.
AMCP Foundation distributes national judging criteria to all student Competition Coordinators and P&T Competition Advisors as part of the official competition materials. Schools are free to modify these criteria as desired for local competitions. Many schools choose to use the judging criteria as provided, because they reflect the criteria used for the national competition.
Be sure to share all competition materials, including the case study and judging criteria, with judges. Judges also should create an individual account in FormularyDecisions/AMCP eDossiers system (academic version) to gain access to the manufacturer dossier. Judges use the same registration page that students use.
Detailed instructions are provided: “How to Register for eDossier Access as a Judge.”
If you choose to follow the format of the national competition, establish a deadline by which all competing teams must submit written competition assignments to the local judges. This deadline should be at least 1 week before the date of the live local competition presentations.
During the national competition, each team is allotted 60 minutes for the mock P&T Committee presentation. This time encompasses 5 minutes for set up, 20 minutes for the presentation, 25 minutes for judges to pose questions and provide feedback to the team, and 10 minutes for wrap up/transition to the next team.
The deadline for national competition entries is January 25, 2021
Each AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapter (or pharmacy school/college without a student chapter) may submit one entry (i.e., enter only one team) to the national competition.
Instructions for preparing your entry are provided in the P&T Competition Case Study and Team Assignments document. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully.
Specific instructions for uploading your school’s entry to the P&T Competition online portal will be provided to Competition Coordinators and Advisors.
National Finalist teams will be announced no later than March 8, 2021.
- P&T Competition Rules and Requirements
- How to Enter: Create your Account and Register Your School
- How to Enter: Register for eDossier Access
- How to Enter: Register for eDossier Access as a Judge
- P&T Competition Slide Deck Template
- Identifying and Evaluating Information for Evidence-Based Drug Formularies: AMCP Foundation/AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee Archived Session
- Developing Drug Monographs for Evidence-Based Formularies (and the P&T Competition): AMCP Foundation/AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee Archived Webinar
- A First Place Presentation - Perspectives from the AMCP Foundation P&T Competition: AMCP Foundation Archived Webinar
- Available in AMCP Students & Chapters Resource Center: Student E-Board Toolkit (with P&T Competition section), Local P&T Competition Guide - and more!
- 5 Years of ICER – Insights and Impact on Payers: AMCP Archived Webinar
- JMCP Articles
- The Formulary System, "then" - Managing the Pharmacy Benefit (1997)
- The Formulary System, "now" - Reflections on the Formulary System (2020)
- Tiered Formularies, "then" - Effects of a 3-Tier Formulary (2003)
- Tiered Formularies, "now" - The Tiered Pharmacy Benefit (2020)
- Perspectives on Prior Authorization - Pro and Con