IfPA’s Patient Access Policy Blog

Cancer Moonshot: One Year Later

It’s been over a year since the launch of former vice president Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot, designed to spur innovation and encourage collaboration on finding

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Access Barriers Loom for Movement Disorder Patients

Long-awaited treatment for a movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia could remain out of reach – unless an upcoming cost-effectiveness analysis acknowledges its value to

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Awareness Month Highlights Migraine’s Impact, Lack of Treatments

Some wore shades, others “showed purple.”  But advocates across the board used June’s Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to draw attention to a condition whose

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Cardiovascular Group Rallies for Better Access Policies

Health plans across the country are rejecting prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering PCSK9 inhibitors at an average rate of 43 percent. And now one patient advocacy group

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Massachusetts Pursues Better Access, Less Failure for Epilepsy Patients

In Massachusetts, some patients with epilepsy must try and fail on their health plans’ preferred prescription medications not once, not twice, but three times before

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What’s Missing from Clinical Pathways in Cancer Care

Clinical pathways in the age of personalized cancer care may be excluding a key component: patient perspective.   In a Turning the Tide Against Cancer

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Advocates Strategize on Pain Care Policy at GAfPA’s Malta Workshop

Young King David beat the biblical giant Goliath, as advocates at a Global Alliance for Patient Access workshop in Malta were recently reminded. In the

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EU Group Calls for Greater Transparency in Labelling Biosimilars

EU regulators who want to encourage understanding and acceptance of biosimilar medicines might consider improving the drugs’ labels.  So says the stakeholders group EuropaBio, which

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Research on Preventive Drugs Raises Hopes in the Migraine Community

For chronic migraine patients, the only thing better than making a headache stop is preventing it altogether.  And new research suggests that patients may soon

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Patient Advocates Line Up Behind Federal Step Therapy Bill

A congressional effort to improve patients’ access to treatment is generating widespread enthusiasm in the advocacy community.  Sponsored by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM, (R-Ohio) and

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