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“Fast Facts” on Pharmacovigilance Tackles Drug Safety Issues

One in three U.S. drugs may have safety issues, explains a new Fast Facts policy brief from the Institute for Patient Access.   The statistic opens

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***PRESS RELEASE*** Non-Medical Switching Analysis Finds Higher Health Care Costs After Patients Were Driven to Lower-Cost Drugs

Stable patients experienced the lowest increase in non-drug health care spending WASHINGTON – The Institute for Patient Access (IfPA) released a new analysis of commercial health

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Teens Are All Ears on the Opioid Epidemic

When it comes to abusing prescription opioids, teenagers want to be lectured.  No, really. I have some level of insight on the issue. Several months

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Best of Summer 2017

Vacation season?  Perhaps.  But summer hasn’t slowed the Institute for Patient Access’ steady stream of physician-led insight on policy issues that matter to patients and

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Out-of-Pocket Costs Overwhelm Cancer Patients – Even Insured Ones

Cancer patients are being asked to pay more than they expected for treatment, despite having health insurance.  And when the out-of-pocket burden becomes unbearable, some

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for Heart Patients

A money-back deal for cholesterol-lowering PCSK9 inhibitors doesn’t cut costs enough, claims a new analysis from a University of Pittsburgh researcher.  The drug’s manufacturer says

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GAfPA Examines How Improving Drug Donations Can Boost Patient Access

International prescription drug donation programs make a difference, explains a new white paper from the Global Alliance for Patient Access.  But they could work even

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Perspective: My Clinical Trials Awareness Journey

The need for robust clinical trials participation is critical to women and men across this country, whether they know it or not.  I came to

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***VIDEO PRESS RELEASE*** AfPA Releases New Video “Understanding Value-Based Contracting”

Video explains how pay-for-value arrangements can improve patients’ access to innovative medicine WASHINGTON – Today the Alliance for Patient Access released a new video, “Understanding

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New Video Explores Pay-for-Value Rx Pricing

Innovation comes at a price, one that health insurers may hesitate to pay.  While some patients reap a benefit from breakthrough drugs, others do not.

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