Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee

The Department of Human Services (Department) appointed the P&T Committee to act in an advisory capacity to the Department and the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP) and provide an unbiased clinical perspective on the Department's preferred drug list (PDL). Recommendations from the committee must be reviewed and approved by the Secretary of Human Services.

Goold Health Systems provides clinical and financial analysis support to the P&T Committee.

P&T Committee
Meeting Information

Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Center
403 East Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting

Past Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meetings

Review the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee By-Laws

Composition and responsibilities of the committee:

  • Comprised of Department medical directors, external physicians, pharmacists, consumer advocates, and specialists as needed for drug class reviews
  • Recommend a clinically-based PDL with an emphasis on effectiveness, safety and outcomes
  • Recommend prior authorization guidelines for non-preferred drugs as well as certain preferred drugs using current community standards for prescribing
  • Recommend Prospective and Retrospective Drug Utilization Review Program Review and Development 
NameSpecialty Independent*  Department**  MCO
Ivonne Acrich, M.D.Ad Hoc Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist X 
Dale Adair, M.D.OMHSAS Acting Chief Medical Officer X 
Cheston Berlin, Jr., M.DPediatricianX  
Gene Bishop, M.D.Internist/Consumer AdvocateX  
Terri Cathers, Pharm.D.,
Chair (tie-breaker vote only)
OMAP Pharmacy Director X 
Jessica Daw, Pharm.D.UPMC For You Pharmacist  X
Andrea Fox, M.D.InternistX  
Donald Gerhart, R.Ph.Community PharmacistX  
Heather Gross, Pharm.D.Aetna Clinical Pharmacist  X
James Hancovsky, R.Ph., MBAUnited Health Care Pharmacy Director  X
David Haverstick, M.D.Family PractitionerX  
Rosemary Keffer, M.D.Ad Hoc Adult Psychiatrist X 
David Kelley, M.D.OMAP Chief Medical Officer X 
Joshua Liao, M.D.InternistX  
Andrew Maiorini, Pharm.D.Keystone/AmeriHealth Perform Rx Clinical Pharmacist  X
Michele Musheno, R.Ph., M.S.Academic/ Hospital PharmacistX  
Ian Paul, M.D.PediatricianX  
James Schuster, M.D.,
Vice Chair
Kevin Szczecina, R.Ph.Geisinger Health Plan Pharmacist  X
Andreas Wali, M.D.CardiologistX  
Lloyd WertzConsumer/Family AdvocateX  
Jaymie Lako, Pharm.D.Gateway Health Plan Pharmacist  X
Matthew Zimmerman, Pharm.D.Health Partners of Philadelphia Pharmacist  X
VacantConsumer RepresentativeX  

 * - Independent Members are not employed by the Department
** - Department Members are employed by the Department on a full or part time basis

Effective July 1, 2016