2023 P&T Competition
AMCP Foundation looks forward to your participation in the 23rd Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition!
Pharmacy schools that plan to enter a team into the National P&T Competition must register their intention to compete no later than Friday, November 18, 2022. Step-by-step instructions will be provided in the “How to Enter” section of this page.
The study drug for the 2023 P&T Competition is ADBRY™ (tralokinumab-ldrm) injection. Adbry is an interleukin-13 antagonist indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in adult patients whose disease is not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies or when those therapies are not advisable. Adbry can be used with or without topical corticosteroids.
The deadline for entries to the 2023 National P&T Competition (one entry per pharmacy school/college) is 11:59 pm EST on Monday, January 23, 2023.
Thank You to Our Partners
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, is the Executive Sponsor of the National Student Pharmacist P&T Competition. AMCP Foundation thanks Genentech for its generous support of pharmacists and the managed care pharmacy profession.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a supporting sponsor for the National Student Pharmacist P&T Competition.
AMCP Foundation thanks LEO Pharma Inc., for use of the Adbry dossier for this competition and FormularyDecisions for hosting AMCP eDossiers.
Learn more about partnering with AMCP Foundation to develop managed care leaders.
How to Prepare for the 2023 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).
The National P&T Competition is conducted in phases. During each phase, judges appointed by AMCP Foundation evaluate and score assignments submitted by participating teams. The teams with the highest scores advance to the final round of competition, which is held in conjunction with the AMCP Annual Meeting.
Through the generosity of the P&T Competition funding partners, 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.
The AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee maintains resources for AMCP Student Chapters, several of which pertain to the P&T Competition.
AMCP Foundation communicates important P&T Competition news and information primarily via an email newsletter. The newsletter is free and available to any student, faculty member, or other interested party.
The P&T Competition newsletter is sent on an approximately weekly basis beginning in September. If you sign up for the newsletter and do not receive any issues, you may need to ask your IT department to “allowlist” Mailchimp, as discussed here. This link includes information about Mailchimp IP addresses.
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 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 and encouraged to place their 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 ideally should include students in different years of the pharmacy curriculum.
Teams may compete with fewer than four members, but this is not optimal or recommended.
Teams with four members may designate one (1) additional student to serve as an “alternate” in case any of the official team members are unable to compete for any reason.
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 (paid) national AMCP Student Pharmacist Members! Be sure everyone is signed up before the competition begins. More information and a sign-up link can be found here.
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. Schools are free to conduct local competitions in any way that makes the best use of available resources and accommodates all interested student pharmacists.
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 Enter the 2023 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. For the Competition Coordinator, this must be a school-issued email address with a “.EDU” domain (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 the student Competition Coordinator.
The email address for the student Competition Coordinator must be a school-issued email address with a “.EDU” domain (i.e., email@example.com).
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 the PDF titled “Create Your Account and Register Your School” (see Resources section).
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 Oct. 21, 2022.
You still will be able to register your school’s intention to compete after Oct. 21 (the final registration deadline is Nov. 18, 2022). However, 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 the PDF titled “Create Your Account and Register Your School” (see Resources section).
After you successfully register your school’s intention to compete, 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 Team ID that begins with 23 (i.e., 23XXX). This will be your school’s Team ID for the 2023 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 school’s single entry to the national P&T Competition, as instructed in this year’s Case Study and Team Assignments document.
Be sure to save this email message and/or record your Team ID number and keep it safe!
To gain access to the eDossier for the P&T Competition study drug, student pharmacists participating on P&T Competition teams must create an individual account with FormularyDecisions® (Academia version). Advisors also are eligible to create individual accounts.
This link goes directly to the account registration page:
Step-by-step instructions with screenshots are provided in the PDF “How to Register for eDossier Access (Students and Advisors),” available in the Resources section.
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, team assignments, and judging criteria are shared with the Competition Coordinator and primary Advisor at 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 22, 2023
Each pharmacy school/college may enter only one team into the national P&T 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.
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.
How to Conduct a Local Competition
Schools are free to conduct local competitions in any way that makes the best use of available resources and accommodates all interested student pharmacists.
A popular approach is to mimic the format of the national P&T Competition by having teams submit a written drug monograph in advance of a live (in person or virtual) mock P&T Committee presentation supported by PowerPoint slides.
If you choose to mimic the format of the national competition, establish a deadline by which all competing teams must submit materials to the local judges. If teams will make live mock P&T Committee presentations as part of a local competition event, the deadline for submitting materials should be at least 1 week before the date of the local competition event. During the live event, be sure to allot time to set up each team’s presentation (approximately 5 minutes), time for judges to pose questions and provide feedback after the presentation (10–15 minutes), and time for wrap up/transition to the next team (approximately 5 minutes).
Consult 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 may consider conducting more than one round of a 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). Consider recruiting at least one alternate judge, in the event someone needs to drop out unexpectedly.
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!
Materials for Judges
It is permissible (and important!) to share the Case Study and Team Assignments document and other competition materials with local judges. These materials help judges understand what teams are asked and expected to do for the P&T Competition.
AMCP Foundation distributes judging criteria in the form of scoring matrixes 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.
Judges also may create an individual account in FormularyDecisions system (Academia version) to gain access to the product dossier. Detailed instructions are provided in “How to Register for eDossier Access as a Judge” (see Resources section).
We regret that due to confidentiality considerations, judges employed by biopharmaceutical companies or involved in the preparation of manufacturer dossiers are not permitted to access the eDossier for the study drug.
The deadline for national competition entries is January 23, 2023
Each pharmacy school/college 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.
The teams that will advance to the semi-finals round will be announced no later than February 15, 2023.
- P&T Competition Judging Timeline
- P&T Competition Rules and Requirements
- Create Your Account and Register Your School
- How to Register for eDossier Access
- How to Register for eDossier Access (Judges)
- 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
- AMCP Students & Chapters Resource Center
- 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