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Patients Join to Fight Major Cuts in Prescription Coverage Says Patients and Physicians for Rx Access
Date:7/14/2014

FAIRHOPE, Ala., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients and patient advocates are rallying on behalf of millions of patients as Express Scripts and other major pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) begin unprecedented cuts in prescription medication coverage. The cuts will directly impact millions of patients who rely on compounded medicines to relieve an array of medical conditions, including persistent pain from cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. Express Scripts has announced that they will begin notifying some patients on July 15.

In a matter of days more than 100 physicians, pharmacists, patients and patient advocate organizations have come together as Patients and Physicians for Rx Access, a new coalition that is working to stop or reverse the loss of benefits for compounded medications. Patients who lose coverage may be forced to pay the full cost of their custom-formulated medications, or their physicians may be compelled to prescribe other medications that are less effective for that patient. 

"Express Scripts and other pharmacy benefit managers are hijacking the sacred relationship between physicians and patients in order to increase their company's profits, without any prior notice to those who are most affected," said Jay McEniry, executive director of Patients and Physicians for Rx Access. "Furthermore, the insurers are creating a smokescreen of misinformation to cover themselves as they shift costs to patients. It's unfair, unnecessary and a disservice to millions of patients and their physicians."

Companies that have announced plans to eliminate or severely limit coverage include Express Scripts, United Healthcare/Optum Rx, CVS/Caremark, Catamaran, Harvard Pilgrim and some Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations. Express Scripts, the country's largest pharmacy benefit manager, began quietly disclosing the cutbacks in mid-to-late June, with s
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