IfPA’s Patient Access Policy Blog

Medical Groups Propose 21 Principles for Prior Authorization Reform

The American Medical Association and 16 patient, physician, hospital and pharmacy groups have issued a resounding message to health plans: it’s time to reform prior

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Government Nutrition Advice Gives Mixed Message to Pregnant Women

Eating fish offers pregnant women nutritional benefits for both themselves and their developing babies.  But, looking at newly published advice from the Food and Drug

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The Obama Administration’s Final Say on Opioids

This month’s change in presidential administrations prompted some final words – and policy – from federal agencies on the subject of opioids. First, the Centers

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Patient Safety Questions Linger after FDA Issues Interchangeability Guidance

New guidance from the Food and Drug Administration directs companies on how to demonstrate a biosimilar’s interchangeability with its reference product.  The draft outlines the

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Who Pays the Price for Health Plans’ Soaring Profits?

UnitedHealth Group announced higher than expected earnings this week, celebrating an 18 percent year-over-year increase to $185 billion in 2106 revenue.  But not everyone’s cheering.

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FDA Settles on Random Suffix Approach for Naming Biologics & Biosimilars

The names of biologic and biosimilar medicines will include randomly generated four-letter suffixes, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. The agency’s final guidance followed

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Advocates & Physicians Speak Out on Potential Vaccine Panel

News on Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump may form a federal panel on vaccine safety prompted outcry from physicians and advocates.  Word of the panel

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For Affordable Care Act Patients, Cancer Treatment Access May Fall Short

About 83 percent of Americans say they could depend upon their health insurer if diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, according to Aimed Alliance

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New York Governor Signs Step Therapy Bill into Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that protects patients from step therapy, marking a victory for advocates in the state. 

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What Reduced Opioid Prescribing Means for Patients and Policy

New polling data from The Boston Globe reveals that U.S. physicians are prescribing fewer opioids. But how does the trend impact patients – and the

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