Step therapy is a common practice used by health plans to limit the cost of patients’ medications.
Health plans? Please. These “plans” have nothing to do with health.
With step therapy, patients have to go through a series of steps, taking other medications and failing on them before being allowed to receive the medication originally prescribed by their doctors. These requirements are not dependent on a patient’s medical situation, but rather by cost.
In some cases, patients are forced to fail on numerous medications, some with serious side effects. This practice does not single out one group of patients. Step therapy is applied to treat a wide range of disease and chronic conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, psoriasis, epilepsy, glaucoma, hemophilia, HIV/AIDs and mental health among others…