IfPA’s Patient Access Policy Blog

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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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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Non-Medical Switching May Increase Health Care Costs, New Study Finds

Opting for cheaper prescription drugs seems like an obvious way to cut health care costs.  The assumption has led health plans to employ utilization management

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Can Yoga Solve America’s Opioid Abuse Crisis?

Could the solution to America’s opioid overdose crisis be as close as the nearest yoga studio?   A new study from the VA San Diego

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New “Fast Facts” Examines Issue of Co-Pay Coupons

Are coupons that help patients afford their co-pays a help – or a hindrance – in the age of innovative but costly prescription medications?  A

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