Non-Medical Switching

World COPD Day Spotlights Treatment Access Challenge

November 15, 2017

An estimated 210 million people worldwide suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, the third leading cause of death in the United States. This November 15, on World COPD Day, advocates and patients worldwide seek to raise awareness and to advocate for access to treatment.

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

August 10, 2017

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 techniques with increasing frequency in recent years.  And it’s given rise to a newer phenomenon known as “non-medical switching,” where health plans exclude a drug from coverage or increase patients’ out-of-pocket burden in hopes of persuading patients to take a less expensive drug.

Summit on Biologics and Biosimilars Tackles Choice, Switching & Patient Access

April 10, 2017

Physicians and patients are no longer asking if a biological medicine is the best choice, but – more likely – which biological medicine is the best choice.  This opening thought from Alliance for Patient Access Chairman David Charles, MD, set the tone for the organization’s second annual National Policy and Advocacy Summit on Biologics and Biosimilars, held Thursday in Washington, DC.