The AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions: Welcome to version 4.0

The AMCP Format Executive Committee

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Managed care pharmacists are increasingly presented with complex considerations related to prescription drug formulary management. As prescription drug spending soars, and new effective, but expensive drugs rush to the market, pharmacists and other health care decision makers must evaluate a myriad of important clinical and economic considerations in determining the relative value and, subsequently, the appropriate placement of a product within a formulary. The AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions, Version 4.0, is the next iteration of the Format, which was first released in 2000. Version 4.0, developed by pharmacists from health plan, manufacturer, and academic perspectives, provides updated recommendations on acquiring and evaluating clinical and economic evidence to inform formulary and medical policy decisions. It also includes new guidance related to emerging special topic considerations such as biosimilars, specialty pharmacy products, and companion diagnostic tests. Version 4.0 has been modified to improve the usability of the Format, with clarifying guidance related to logistical considerations such as a recommended time frame for implementation of Version 4.0, as well as dossier updates and ongoing communication between manufacturers and health care decision makers. The Format should be used as a framework for ongoing evidencebased dialogue between manufacturers and payers. The evolving health care landscape will require new levels of collaboration and communication among key stakeholders to successfully navigate the challenges of this new environment. The Format provides a framework to support these critical interactions related to product value by facilitating an evidence-based, transparent approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-446
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Health Policy


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