Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee comprises a multidisciplinary team that meets quarterly to review the Medication Formulary and evaluate the quality of pharmaceutical care our Blue Shield Promise members receive. In addition to maintaining the formulary, the Pharmacy Department manages prior authorizations. This provides a process for physicians and pharmacies to submit requests for medications not currently included in the formulary.
Medi-Cal pharmacy benefits now managed by Medi-Cal Rx
Beginning January 1, 2022, a state-run program called “Medi-Cal Rx” now manages Medi-Cal pharmacy benefits. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) administers the program through their vendor, Magellan Rx, which manages the dispute resolution process. To learn more, please visit the Medi-Cal Rx website or call them at (800) 977-2273, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Medi-Cal Rx Contract Drugs list
- Cal MediConnect Formulary
- Blue Shield Medicare formulary
- 2020-2021 archived formulary changes
Cal MediConnect formulary changes
Formulary changes for 4th QTR 2022 (PDF, 88 KB)
Formulary changes for 3rd QTR 2022 (PDF, 89 KB)
Formulary changes for 2nd QTR 2022 (PDF, 135 KB)
Formulary changes for 1st QTR 2022 (PDF, 120 KB)
Prescription drug prior authorization form
This form is for participating physicians and pharmacies to obtain medications that are not on the Formulary or require prior authorization.
Additional pharmacy services
Mail service pharmacy
Your patients can have their maintenance medications delivered to their home or office through CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy with no charge for shipping or delivery.
All our network specialty pharmacies, including CVS Specialty pharmacy, are available to all Blue Shield Promise Cal MediConnect members. Physicians may call or fax their patient’s prescription to any specialty pharmacy in our network.
For any questions regarding prescriptions or our drug formularies, please call Provider Services:
Phone: (800) 468-9935, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.