Robert P. Navarro: Pharm.D.

Emeritus Clinical Faculty

Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy



  • PharmD, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • BS, Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • BS, Biology, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
  • Certificate, Management Development Program in Health Care, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Certificate, Information Management Executive Course, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Interests

Managed Care
Managed Care Pharmacy Practice
Pharmaceutical Care
Value-Based Insurance Design
Patient Adherence Behavior
Healthcare reform and accountable care
Pharmaceutical Marketing and Drug Launch Practices
Specialty Pharmacy Practice
Enterpreneursism and Innovation in pharmacy practice

Biographic Sketch

Robert Navarro is Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, FL.

Navarro has practiced pharmacy as a medical center pharmacy co-owner, hospital clinical pharmacist, medical school geriatrics pharmacology instructor, long term care consultant pharmacist, a health plan and PBM pharmacy director, and .

He became involved in managed care in 1982, when he joined United Health Care to write their first drug formulary and was involved with the first pharmaceutical industry rebate contract. He managed the prescription drug benefit at Physicians Health Plan of Minnesota as pharmacy director, Health Net in California as Vice President of Provider Services, and at Express Scripts as Vice President, Pharmacy & Therapeutics.

Navarro has been involved in developing two PBMs, and has provided managed markets consulting services, advisory board moderation, and market research to the pharmaceutical industry for eighteen years. He has also been recognized by the courts as an expert witness in managed prescription drug benefit issues in various litigations.

As Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Navarro teaches a managed healthcare course and classes in the online Master of Pharmaceutical Science program, and is adapting this course for PharmD programs. He is also developing additional courses in related topics, accountable care, and the PPACA, and is involved in coordinating online MS program seminars.

Robert is a co-founder and the first president of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy, where he remains involved with the FMCP Learning Institute. Navarro received the FMCP Steven G. Avey Award in 2009.

Navarro has edited both editions of the textbook, Managed Care Pharmacy Practice (1999 and 2009; third edition in progress), and has been lead author in the managed care pharmacy chapters of the last three editions of the textbook Essentials of Managed Health Care. He has also been on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, and serves as a manuscript reviewer for various health care publications.

Selected Publications

Navarro RP (moderator): Consideration for the optimal use of immunoglobulin. Am J Man Care; in press.
Navarro RP (moderator): Quality Improvement Expert Roundtable. Am J Man Care video web seminar (in press).
Navarro RP, Stern C, Hailey R: “Prescription Drug Benefits in Managed Care” in, Kongstvedt PR (ed.): Essential of Managed Health Care, 6th Edition, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA; 2012.
Navarro RP (moderator): Management Strategies for Atrial Fibrillation: Improving Outcomes in Managed Care. Am J Man Care video web seminar. Published January 2010. Available at
Navarro RP (moderator): Contemporary Management Strategies for Fibromyalgia. Am JMan Care. 2009;15(6): S197-S218.
Navarro RP: Tablet Splitting: Much Ado About Nothing? JMCP. 2009; 15(3), April 2009
Navarro RP (ed.): Managed Care Pharmacy Practice, 2nd Edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, MA; Jan 2009.
Navarro RP, Rice GK, and Schaecher, KL. Asthma Management Guidelines: Updates, Advances, and New Options. JMCP. 2007; 13(6):S1-S13.
Navarro RP, Mitrzyk BM, and Bramley TJ. Chronic insomnia treatment and Medicare Part D: implications for managed care organizations. American Journal of Managed Care. 2007;13:S121-S124.