'Fail-First' is the wrong prescription for patients

As policymakers and health care stakeholders consider reforms to address the cost of medications, Men's Health Network (MHN), the leading health advocacy and education non-profit for advancing the comprehensive health of boys and men in America, urges lawmakers and regulators to reject outright policies that will prevent or constrain patients from accessing effective medications necessary to treat their diseases and improperly insert themselves into the patient–health care provider relationship.  One approach that should be avoided is known as Step Therapy.  This process is more accurately termed Fail-First therapy.  This approach is a complex and drawn out type that requires a payer to give approval to the patient before a medication can be started (known as prior authorization).  It requires that a patient try less expensive, usually older medications — which frequently have a higher treatment failure rate because they are less...(Read Full Post)
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