Pharmacy Preferred Drug List

Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL)

Established so that N.C. Medicaid can obtain better prices for covered outpatient drugs through supplemental rebates.

    • A list updated with the most current PDL, available for download, is available here.
    • The PDL includes a list both of preferred and non-preferred drugs, organized by class of drug.
    • Prescribers are strongly encouraged to write prescriptions for preferred drugs on the list.
    • Prescribers may continue writing prescriptions for non-preferred drugs; however, if a prescriber deems a patient’s clinical status necessitates therapy using a non-preferred drug, that prescriber is responsible for initiating a Prior Approval (PA) request through the NCTracks Web Portal or the appropriate Prepaid Health Plan (PHP), or by faxing the appropriate PA form found on the NCTracks website (pharmacy forms located here) to 1-855-710-1969.