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Dialysis Patients Need Bone & Mineral Metric
Date:8/30/2013

at are currently in place in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.  Such protections should include:

  • requiring that more than one drug is available within a therapeutic class, to help ensure that patients are not pushed to the least expensive medication without an alternative;
  • ensuring accessibility to an appeals process for patients needing other pharmaceutical options, in case patients are denied access to the treatment that is best for them;
  • preserving the annual drug utilization review, so that if medications are changed pharmacists first look at any potential drug interactions; and
  • adding geographic access standards to make sure patients don't have to travel far if a dialysis facility contracts with a brick and mortar pharmacy.

"Dialysis patients need protections in place for good patient care, which includes safe BMM levels as well as Part D consumer protections," added Jamgochian. 

About Dialysis Patient Citizens
With more than 26,000 dialysis and pre-dialysis patients making up our membership, DPC is working to improve the quality of life for all dialysis patients- through education and advocacy.  We are a nationwide, nonprofit, patient-led dialysis organization with membership open only to dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and their families.  Our policies and our mission are guided solely by our membership.

DPC is a 501(c)(4) organization governed by dialysis patients.

http://www.dialysispatients.org

Contact
Hrant Jamgochian,  J.D., LL.M.
Executive Director
Dialysis Patient Citizens
122 C Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC  20001
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