How do SilverScript and Kaiser choose prescription drugs for their preferred drug lists (formulary)?

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Pharmacy Benefit Managers such as SilverScript and health plans like Kaiser Permanente have committees of pharmacists and other health care providers who continually review drug data and studies on new and existing drugs.  Based on this data they create prescription drug lists of those medications that have been shown to be the most effective at the most reasonable cost for each therapeutic class of medications.

CMS requires two drugs in every therapeutic category and class.  CMS thoroughly evaluates the submitted formulary design to ensure that it contains adequate access to medically necessary drugs and does not discriminate against any groups of beneficiaries.