Who We Are

Our Mission

We are committed to developing collaborative relationships with prescribers and providing current evidence-based drug information to improve prescribing.


In August 2019, the State of Illinois passed Public Act 101-0278, requiring the establishment of an evidence-based, non-commercial education program for Medicaid prescribers consisting of web-based curriculum and academic educator outreach. As a result of this legislation, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy to provide drug information and academic detailing services through Illinois ADVANCE.

Academic Detailing

What does Illinois ADVANCE stand for?

Academic Detailing Visits And New Evidence CEnter. Illinois ADVANCE is the Academic Detailing and Drug Information Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.

What is academic detailing?

Academic detailing is a one-on-one prescriber outreach program. It provides accurate, non-commercial, and up-to-date pharmacotherapy information. It is a unique interactive program tailored for each prescriber through customized and focused discussions. The educational materials provided during these visits are developed after careful review of current clinical evidence.

How can this program benefit prescribers?

Prescribers are faced with time constraints and challenges to stay current with continually evolving research and clinical evidence. This program provides an unbiased and accurate source of current evidence-based drug information.

Who is Illinois ADVANCE?

Illinois ADVANCE is composed of clinical pharmacists from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).  We provide academic detailing services to Illinois Medicaid prescribers via one-on-one meetings.  Our pharmacists are trained to provide tailored, unbiased, up-to-date drug information to assist clinicians in making evidence-based prescribing decisions for their patients.

Web-Based Curriculum

Current disease-based education modules include the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. Modules about diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, respiratory syncytial virus, and nicotine dependence will be created in the future. Other educational modules about relevant topics will be also be created periodically. Module content will be reviewed and updated on an annual or as-needed basis. The continuing educational modules will also provide prescribing physicians with continuing medical education credit.