IfPA’s Patient Access Policy Blog

New Survey Reveals National Attitudes on Pain Management

What stands between patients and integrative, comprehensive pain management? It could be health plan design, according to a recent attitudinal survey by the Alliance for

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How Gout Hurts All of Us

Treatment is important for the 8 million Americans with gout, a disease caused by uric acid buildup in the body that produces excruciating joint pain.

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Patients Shouldn’t Have to “Fail First”

Imagine having severe eczema. Your hands, arms and feet are always red and irritated. Sometimes your skin is so dry it cracks. Other times you

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Maine Delivers Patient Victory on Non-Medical Switching

In a week already marked by fireworks and parades, patients in Maine have one more thing to celebrate.  A new state law draws clear lines

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The Crossroads of Clinical Trials and Social Media

What can America learn at the crossroads of social media and clinical trials? At a recent National Institutes of Health workshop, one organization had a

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Medicaid Waiver Rejection Signals Win for Patient Access

Massachusetts Medicaid patients are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Federal officials announced this week that Massachusetts will not be allowed to restrict which drugs

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Oregon Expands Access to Hepatitis C Cures

For many patients with an infectious disease, a cure can’t ever be more than a dream.  But for Oregonians living with hepatitis C, that’s changing.

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Is Innovation the Answer to America’s Opioid Epidemic?

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two generic versions of an innovative drug to treat opioid addiction, increasing available treatment options for Americans fighting

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New Policy Paper Discourages Non-Medical Switching for Asthma Patients

Treating asthma is not a one-size-fits-all exercise, as patients and clinicians well know.  So why do some health plan policies suggest otherwise? The question drives

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IfPA Paper Explains How New Co-pay Coupon Rules Hurt Patients

“Not everyone can afford the medication they need,” opens a new policy brief from the Institute for Patient Access.  Co-pay coupons are one source of

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