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New Highmark Policy Threatens Pennsylvania Patients With Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
Date:3/16/2011

te awareness among physicians, patients, public officials and the public about the potential harmful effects of this action. The campaign includes a blog site, www.HighmarkIsNotMyDoctor.com, to provide information about primary immunodeficiency disease and to educate patients and physicians about the new formulary and what to do.

"Doctors should decide which therapy is best for a patient's health, not Highmark. 'Failure first' medicine should never be an option when treating a patient – this is a terrible precedent that Highmark is setting and totally unnecessary," stated Lawrence A. LaMotte, Director of Public Policy at IDF. "For the past several months, we have talked to Highmark about the need to reconsider this draconian plan. We provided reasonable suggestions based on medical evidence that are in the best interest of the patients, yet allow the company to consider costs. But they have yet to make any changes or accept our recommendations," added LaMotte.

IDF has asked that any Highmark policy should:

  • Not determine the specific IgG therapy a patient must use
  • Ensure that patients already stabilized on an IgG therapy not be switched to another therapy without medical cause
  • Allow physicians an opportunity to prescribe an alternative if they determine it is in the best interest of the patient
  • Better inform patients and physicians about its policy plans and gain direct feedback on their recommendations.

For more information about "Highmark Is Not My Doctor", visit the campaign's blog at www.Highmarkisnotmydoctor.com or www.primaryimmune.org.

About the Immune Deficiency Foundation

The Immune Deficiency Foundation is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment an
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