IfPA’s Patient Access Policy Blog

The Generation that Ends the Opioid Epidemic

President Donald Trump declared America’s opioid crisis a public health emergency on Thursday, announcing, “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.”  But

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Are Regulators Too Hasty in Approving Cancer Drugs?

The British Medical Journal ignited debate earlier this month when it announced that about half of cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency don’t

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Movement Disorders Group Explores Impact, Treatment Barriers in New White Paper

Millions of people are affected by neurological conditions known as movement disorders: Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, tardive dyskinesia and more. A better understanding of these

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Health Plan Approval Process Impacts Patients, New Video Explains

What began as a safeguard against unnecessary drug spending has become a significant barrier to patient access.  And as “Understanding Prior Authorization,” a new video

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Mind-Body Pain Treatments Pass ICER’s Cost-Effectiveness Test

Treating chronic low back pain with approaches such as yoga and talk therapy is cost effective, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review announced this

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The Mental Illness Problem Hidden in Plain Sight

Depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder – mental illness takes multiple forms.  But one affected group of people often remains lesser known:

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Diabetes Patients’ New Challenge: Non-Medical Switching

“Managing diabetes is an all-day, every-day task for millions of Americans,” explains a new video from the Diabetes Policy Collaborative.  But just when patients have

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Experts Move to Protect Women & Unborn Children from Hepatitis C

New treatment guidelines convey a startling reality: hepatitis C isn’t only a baby boomer problem anymore.  Spurred by the opioid epidemic and a national spike

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The Price and Value of Orphan Drugs

How do you put a price tag on a drug that offers life-altering results – but for a small group of patients? The question is

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Drugs, Data & Opioid Policies

America’s drug abuse crisis has reached epic proportions, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms. Drug-related deaths in 2016 alone

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