Iowa Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Commission

Public Comment Policy

Meetings are open to the public, It is the intention of Iowa Medicaid that those interested in speaking be allowed to do so in the public forum. To assure public input into the Drug Utilization Review (DUR) process, the agenda is posted on the website (www.iadur.org) prior to the meeting and public comment can be submitted in writing to info@iadur.org or presented at the meeting.

Individuals attending meetings of the DUR Commission shall have an opportunity to address the Commission. This opportunity will be granted once during the open portion of the meeting. In order to accommodate all interested parties, all speakers are requested to limit their comments to 5 minutes or less. If you represent a drug manufacturer as an employee, as a contractor, as a member of the manufacturer's Speaker Bureau, or by any other means, we expect you to cover your individual product or entire product line in that five-minute time frame. Speakers who represent multiple manufacturers will share their 5 minutes with the other manufacturer representative(s) whose product they are speaking on. Multiple representatives from a single organization will also be required to share the 5 minutes. Individuals providing testimony during the public comment portion of an in-person meeting must sign-up the morning of the meeting and complete a conflict of interest disclosure. Individuals providing testimony during the public comment portion of a virtual meeting must pre-register at least one week prior to the meeting date and complete a conflict of interest disclosure.

Data that is to be referenced during the Public Comment period(s) should be limited to published, peer reviewed literature only. “Data on file” and “articles submitted for review” are not considered published, peer reviewed literature and should not be referenced during public testimony.

All referenced data that is to be presented should be submitted to the DUR professional staff electronically to info@iadur.org AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE for consideration and distribution to the Commission members. The deadline is 4:30 P.M. CT Wednesday, before the scheduled meeting date. Anything submitted to the DUR professional staff after this deadline will be distributed to the Commission members for the next scheduled DUR meeting.

Submit written comments to info@iadur.org at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. All public comment submissions to this email address become public documents. No response will be provided to the submitted public comment. Written comments are provided to the DUR Commission members as part of their meeting materials. Comments received after the deadline will be provided to the DUR Commission members at the next scheduled meeting. All written comments must include a completed conflict of interest disclosure.

Summary:
1. Public Comment Format

  • Written comments - submit written comments to info@iadur.org at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. No response will be provided to the submitted public comment.
  • Verbal Comments (see steps below)
    • Virtual meetings – Must pre-register at least one week prior to the meeting date in order to provide verbal comment.
    • In-person meetings – Must sign up the morning of the meeting.

2. Conflict of Interest disclosure – read and complete the conflict of interest disclosure (click to view) and submit at least one week prior to the meeting date for persons speaking, presenting or providing written comment. Speakers who fail to submit or turn in their conflict of interest disclosure form late will have their request to speak denied or will not have their comments shared. No reminder will be provided.

3. Submit any data that will be referenced during public comment to info@iadur.org at least one week prior to the meeting date.

4. Limit speaking time to less than five minutes for individual product or entire product line.

To pre-register for verbal public comment for a virtual DUR meeting at least one week prior to the meeting date, email info@iadur.org and include:

  1. Contact Name
  2. Telephone Number
  3. Email Address
  4. Drug Name
  5. Name of Organization
  6. Speaker's Name
  7. Speakers relationship to organization and topic area
  8. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

To sign up for verbal public comment the morning of the DUR meeting (in-person meetings only):

  1. Complete the Public Comment Sign-in Sheet, located at the entrance of the meeting room.
  2. Complete a Speaker Conflict of interest form and turn into DUR staff prior to the start of the meetinig.