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Step therapy, or “fail first,” does what it sounds like, explains a new video from the Alliance for Patient Access. Patients must go through a series of steps, taking other medications and failing on them. Only then will the insurance company pay for the medication originally prescribed by their doctor.

The process saves money for insurance companies. But the consequences can be complicated – and potentially hazardous to patients’ health.

[See: What is step therapy, and how does it impact physicians and patients?]

As “Understanding Step Therapy” explains, requiring patients to fail first introduces several consequences. It can:

Policy solutions can help limit step therapy’s negative effects on patients and patient care, the video explains. In particular, “Understanding Step Therapy” suggests that policy solutions should:

With the help of these solutions, the video explains, physicians can continue to direct patient care. And patients can enjoy more direct access to the medications their physician prescribes.

The new video is part of AfPA’s campaign to highlight the impact of step therapy on patient care. Watch “Understanding Step Therapy” to learn more.

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