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About AJPB


To provide pharmacy and formulary decision makers with the information they need to improve the efficiency and health outcomes in managing pharmaceutical care.

Editorial Overview

The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits (AJPB) publishes peer-reviewed research that examines the impact of formulary management strategies on the utilization, cost, and quality of pharmacy services. The Journal presents case studies, research, and evidence-based tools to help decision makers develop clinical strategies to manage pharmacy benefits for large populations. Areas of particular interest include utilization management strategies (ie, prior authorization, step therapy, generic substitution, etc), outcomes research on Medicare Part D, formulary development and implementation strategies, research on adherence and compliance, cost sharing strategies (ie, copays, coinsurance, CDHPs, HDHPs, etc), cost utility analyses, economic burden of disease, and comparative effectiveness analysis of drug therapies.

All original articles are subjected to rigorous peer review. Manuscripts are also evaluated to determine the real world relevance of the information they contain. In addition to original research, the journal publishes review articles, commentaries, brief reports, editorials, or letters to the editor.

AJPB was founded in 2009 as a sister publication to The American Journal of Managed Care. The Journal is indexed in both EMBASE and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and circulates to approximately 20,000 individuals with important decision-making responsibilities affecting the inclusion and tier placement of drugs on formularies. As the official publication of The Pharmacy & Therapeutics Society, the Journal is distributed to the Society’s 5000 members, as well as medical directors, pharmacy directors, corporate benefits managers, and other healthcare professionals across these 6 market segments: 1) HMO/PPO/IHOs; 2) hospitals; 3) long-term care; 4) PBMs; 5) VA/gov’t; and 6) employers.

AJPB (ISSN 1945-4481 [print]; ISSN 2164-2494 [online]) is published bimonthly by Managed Care & Healthcare Communications, LLC, 666 Plainsboro Rd, Ste 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.

Editorial Board Members

Kimberly A. Bergstrom, PharmD
Chief Clinical Officer • McKesson Corporation • San Rafael, CA

J. Lyle Bootman, PhD, ScD
Dean, College of Pharmacy • University of Arizona • Tucson, AZ

William B. Bunn, III, MD, JD, MPH
Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, & Productivity • Navistar International • Warrenville, IL

Jason G. Cooper
Vice President, Business Analytics • Wellmark • Des Moines, IA

Mitchell P. DeKoven, MHSA
Principal, Health Economics & Outcomes Research • IMS Health • Oak Hill, VA

Joseph Doyle, RPh, MBA
Director, Evidence Based Medicine?Employer Research • Novartis • East Hanover, NJ

Gail R. Gratz-Levenson, RPh
Director, Health Management Services • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association • Arlington, VA

Laura Long, MD, MPH
Vice President, Clinical Innovation • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina • Columbia, SC

Rose Maljanian, RN, MBA
Chairman & CEO • HealthCAWS, Inc. • Farmington, CT

Darlene M. Mednick, PhD, RPh, MBA
Vice President, Pharmacy Services • Gorman Health Group • New York, NY

Thomas J. Morrow, MD
Director, Value-Based Health • Genentech • Alpharetta, GA

Kavita Nair, PhD
Department of Clinical Pharmacy • University of Colorado • Denver, CO

Cyndy Nayer, MA
CEO • Center of Health Engagement • Naples, FL

Edmund J. Pezalla, MD, MPH
National Medical Director • Aetna Pharmacy Management • Hartford, CT

Richard G. Popiel, MD, MBA
Executive Vice President, Health Care Services, Chief Medical Officer • Regence • Portland, OR

Helen Sherman, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer, Pharmacy Services • RegenceRx • Portland, OR

William H. Shrank, MD
Division of Pharmacoepidemiology • Harvard Medical School • Boston, MA

Julie Slezak, MS
Chief Analytics Officer • CareCore National • Bluffton, SC

Yvonne Southwell, RPh
Vice President, Clinical Affairs • CVS/Caremark • Northbrook, IL

Michael L. Taylor, MD
Chief Medical Officer • Truven Health Analytics • Ann Arbor, MI

Where We're Indexed

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

EMBASE/Excerpta Medica