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Welcome to the Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services

Federal Pharmacists are essential to health care access and delivery in the United States; recognized as health care providers of patient-centered primary and specialty care, and as trusted public health leaders.  As experts in medication use and comprehensive pharmacy services, we promote wellness, prevent and manage diseases, ensure patient safety and optimize health outcomes in collaboration with the health care team.

The VA Pharmacy Benefits Management Services offer a broad range of services and are committed to provide and deliver Veterans personalized, proactive, patient-driven health care.

Our Mission:  To improve the health status of Veterans by encouraging the appropriate use of medications in a comprehensive medical care setting.

Our Goal:  To provide Veterans with reliable, evidence-based medication information in an efficient manner so you along with your health care team can make informed decisions about your medications and improve your overall health.

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To order your prescriptions only, please visit My HealtheVet where you can register to manage your VA prescription refills.

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11/26 Ziv-Aflibercept Prior Auth-National - Criteria for Use
11/26 Sulfate Salts and PEG-E (SUCLEAR) - Drug Monograph
11/26 Hydrocodone ER (ZOHYDRO ER) - Abbreviated Review
11/26 Tocilizumab (ACTEMRA) - Criteria for Use (Rev 2014/11/21) 
11/26 Aliskiren - Criteria for Use (Updated)
11/26 Simeprevir - Criteria for Use (Updated)
11/26 Simeprevir - Drug Monograph (Updated)
11/04 Ez Minutes Newsletter - Issue 4; Volume12; August - October 2014 
11/03 VA Center for Medication Safety in Seconds Newsletter - Issue 9; Volume 4; October 2014

Picture of medication and bottleVA Medication Safety

VA Center for Medication Safety is a comprehensive pharmacovigilance program that evaluates preventable Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) via conducting and promoting medication safety projects at the regional and national levels, providing interventions to decrease preventable ADEs, and educating the field on safe and best practices to minimize ADEs.  The VA Center for Medication Safety provides feedback and guidance regarding ADE data unique to each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), while translating research and published evidence into national policy through its oversight of, and cooperative arrangements with, VISN Formulary Committees and Pharmacy leaders, the Medical Advisory Panel as well as other departments within VA.  Learn more >> 

PBM MAP VPE LogoVA National Formulary

The purpose of the VA National Formulary is to provide high quality, best value pharmaceutical products while assuring the portability and standardization of the pharmacy benefit to eligible Veterans accepted by the Department of Veteran Affairs for care.  The Pharmacy Benefits Management Formulary Management Program Office is responsible for coordinating the VA formulary management process with the Medical Advisory Panel and VISN Pharmacist Executives Committee.  It has the following responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining an Evidence-based formulary
  • Standardizing the drug benefit across the VA system to reduce geographic variation in cost and utilization
  • Promoting appropriate drug therapy
  • Improving drug safety
  • Improving the distribution of pharmaceuticals
  • Reducing drug inventory and acquisition costs
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Resident and patientPharmacy Residencies

The VA Pharmacy Residency Programs are residencies of choice.  The Pharmacy Residency Program Office (PRPO) oversees the strategic planning of pharmacy residency programs and supports the growth and expansion of residency programs nationwide.  VA has over 226 residency programs and over 600 residents in a variety of specialty training such as Geriatrics, Oncology, Pharmacy Administration, Pharmacotherapy, Infectious Disease, Pharmacoeconomics, Managed Care, Ambulatory Care, Mental Health and many more.  The PRPO is dedicated to VA's mission to care for the needs of Veterans and to do so, has expanded the Mental Health Pharmacy Residency programs.  VA is the largest trainer of Mental Health Pharmacy residents with the highest percentage of Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacists in the country.  Moreover, VA is transforming the way residents are trained and interact in a professional program.  Inter-professional training programs are growing in VA and offers the trainees of all health care professions the ability to learn from each other and develop close professional relationships and working teams.  VA also offers direct patient care opportunities for residents to learn how to work as a clinical pharmacist in today's health care environment.  VA is a health care system that will meet all of your learning needs and support you professionally throughout your VA career.  Join the VA team and become a member of our pharmacy experts and award winning teams!  Learn more >> 

 

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