Op-ed: Patients should not be stuck with ‘fail first’ medicine

Patients are being forced to take alternative drugs, selected by their insurer, before they are able to take the medication that was originally prescribed to them by their doctor. Investigating the negative impacts of step therapy will bring us closer to changing practices that have resulted in higher long-term health care costs and the unnecessary physical and emotional suffering that patients endure.

The undersigned patient and provider organizations support legislation that will exempt patients from a step therapy protocol under certain circumstances. On behalf of patients with diverse chronic health conditions, we thank you for your continued leadership, and look forward to working with you to improve the efficiency with which practitioners, patients and their families can access safe and effective treatment by changing the current barbaric policy.

Henry W. Lim, M.D., president, the American Academy of Dermatology Association; Sharon Korhel, American Association of Diabetes Educators; Laura Keller, director, state government affairs and advocacy, American Diabetes Association; Steven Schultz, state director, advocacy and access, Arthritis Foundation; Marc Watterson, director of government relations, and Laura Western, executive director, American Heart Association of Utah; Kevin Daley, government relations specialist, Coalition for State Rheumatology Organizations; Kate Moss, executive director, Susan G. Komen Utah; Jeanetta Williams, president, NAACP Salt Lake Branch and NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada and Utah; MaryAnn McCabe, state government relations manager, National Psoriasis Foundation; Jared Hafen, program director, Utah AIDS Foundation; Dr. Doug Powell, president, Utah Dermatology Society; Dr. Lynn Webster, past president, American Academy of Pain…

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