Implementation analysis of the Texas Vendor Drug Program

Barbara Augusta Truax Slover, The University of Texas School of Public Health


An agency is accountable to a legislative body in the implementation of public policy. It has a responsibility to ensure that the implementation of that policy is consistent with its statutory objectives. The analysis of the effectiveness of implementation of the Vendor Drug Program proceeded in the following manner. The federal and state roles and statutes pursuant to the formulation of the Vendor Drug Program were reviewed to determine statutory intent and formal provisions. The translation of these into programmatic details was examined focusing on the factors impacting the implementation process. Lastly, the six conditions outlined by Mazmanian and Sabatier as criteria for effective implementation, were applied to the implementation of the Vendor Drug Program to determine if the implementation was effective in relation to consistency with statutory objectives. The implementation of the statutes clearly met four of the six conditions for effective implementation: (1) clear and consistent objectives; (2) a valid causal theory; (3) structured the process to maximize agency and target compliance with the objectives; and (4) had continued support of constituency groups and sovereigns. The implementation was basically consistent with the statutory objectives, although the determination of vendor reimbursement has had and continues to have problems.

Subject Area

Public health|Pharmaceuticals|Public administration

Recommended Citation

Slover, Barbara Augusta Truax, "Implementation analysis of the Texas Vendor Drug Program" (1996). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1380954.