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Pharmacy Program


Opioid Program and Resources

In response to the U.S. opioid epidemic, UnitedHealthcare has developed programs to help our members receive the care and treatment they need safely and effectively.

We’ve also established measures based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) opioid treatment guidelines to help prevent overuse of short-acting and long-acting opioid medications.

Resources from UnitedHealthcare and Optum

Naloxone Coverage for UnitedHealthcare Members (PDF 323.61 KB)
Naloxone: What You Need to Know
(PDF 62.67 KB)
Opioid Tapering Recommendations
(PDF 102.65 KB)
The Role of Dentists in Managing Opioids
(PDF 448.16 KB)
Treatment Alternatives for Common Pain Conditions 
(PDF 96.61 KB)

Other Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (2016)
CDC Opioid Overdose Guideline Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Role of Prevention in Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome


UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California – Medi-Cal

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California
Medi-Cal Pharmacy Program


The Preferred Drug List (PDL) is a list of prescription drugs considered coverable by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California Medi-Cal. Click on the link below to view the Preferred Drug List.

Preferred Drug List (PDL) Search

Medi-Cal Preferred Drug List (PDF 1.21 MB)

7/1/2018 PDL Update (PDF 69.2 KB) 

4/1/2018 PDL Update (PDF 222.91 KB)

1/1/2018 PDL Update (PDF 62.27 KB)


Prior Authorization Forms 

Prior Authorization Request Form (PDF 118.66 KB)