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​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.

Change Healthcare provides clinical and financial analysis support to the P&T Committee.

P&T Committee
Meeting Information 

Upcoming Meetings:

To be announced


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 
Christopher Antypas, Pharm.D.Community PharmacistX  
Lawrence Appel, M.D. SFHMMedical Director, Office of Long Term Living X 
Cheston Berlin, Jr., M.D.PediatricianX  
Christopher Casella, Pharm.D.Health Partners of Philadelphia Pharmacist  X

Terri Cathers, Pharm.D.,

Chair (tie-breaker vote only)

OMAP Pharmacy Director X 
Sharon Connor, Pharm.D.Academic PharmacistX  
Jessica Daw, Pharm.D.UPMC For You Pharmacist  X
Andrea Fox, M.D.InternistX  
Donald Gerhart, R.Ph.Community PharmacistX  
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 
Peter Kreckel, R.Ph.Community PharmacistX  
David Kelley, M.D.OMAP Chief Medical Officer X 
Jaymie Lako, Pharm.D.Gateway Health Plan Pharmacist  X
Andrew Maiorini, Pharm.D.Keystone/AmeriHealth Perform Rx Clinical Pharmacist  X
Meghan McNelly, Pharm.D.PA Health & Wellness Pharmacist  X
Michele Musheno, R.Ph., M.S.Academic/ Hospital PharmacistX  
Natalie Nkurunziza, Pharm.D.Aetna Better Health Pharmacist  X
Ian Paul, M.D.PediatricianX  
Adam Raphael Rom, M.D.Family PractitionerX  
Amy Saracino, M.D.Ad Hoc Adult Psychiatrist, OMHSAS X 
Kevin Szczecina, R.Ph.Geisinger Health Plan Pharmacist  X
Mahmood Usman, M.D., MMMMedical Director, Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services X 
Andreas Wali, M.D.CardiologistX  
Lloyd WertzConsumer/Family AdvocateX  
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 June 21, 2019