Are you a community provider serving Veterans? Do you have questions about prescribing medication to Veterans? We have answers!

In my role as outpatient pharmacy program manager at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, I answer many questions from community providers about the process of prescribing medication to Veterans.

On Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. ET, I’ll be hosting a one-hour webinar with VA pharmacoeconomist/clinical pharmacist Sherri Hawk to discuss the process of prescribing medication to Veterans. We’ll talk about:

  • VA’s formulary, non-formulary or preferred (prior authorization) medications for Veterans.
  • The process of and eligibility for prescribing Veteran medications from community care referrals.
  • How to avoid potential obstacles and reduce administrative burdens.
  • VA’s efforts to streamline communications between community providers and VA pharmacies.

Please join us!

Webinar registration

What: Prescription Medication for Veterans in VA’s Community Care Network

When: Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. EDT

Who: All VA and community providers

Why: Objectives of the webinar

  1. Present an overview of the process for Veterans to be prescribed medications from Community Care referrals under MISSION Act eligibility.
  2. Provide an overview of the process to prescribe preferred (prior authorization) medications, highlighting available resources for prescribing from VA formulary.
  3. Review the efficiencies in place to enhance the prescription process and delivery to the Veteran patient.
  4. Review frequently asked questions and common obstacles.


  • Susanne Rising, Pharm.D., VA ECHCS outpatient pharmacy program manager, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
  • Sherri Hawk, BS Pharm, BCPS, pharmacoeconomist/clinical pharmacist, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.


  • AAPA: CME credits
  • AACME – non-physician AMA PRA category 1 credits
  • ACPE – contact hours/continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits
  • ANCC: contact hours continuing nursing education
  • APA: continuing education credit
  • ASWB: continuing education clock hours
  • Joint accreditation for interprofessional continuing education (JA IPCE)
  • NYSED SW: continuing education clock hours

Register here: VHA TRAIN

VA Formulary

VA maintains the VA national formulary, which indicates if a drug has criteria for use, restrictions, or is listed on the Urgent/Emergent Formulary. From this web page, you can download files for both the VA National Formulary and the VA Urgent/Emergent Formulary.

There is also a VA formulary search tool.

If you need to submit a non-formulary request for medication, you should contact the community care representative at the referring VA medical facility to obtain their non-formulary request form.


Susan Rising, Pharm.D., is the VA ECHS outpatient pharmacy program manager.

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Published on Sep. 23, 2020

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