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

s without disallowing medications and blaming their costs on pharmacists."

Coalition leaders want insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to manage costs responsibly and maintain patient access, rather than slamming the door on millions of people and an entire category of medicines.

Coalition member Tom Christie of Anoka, Minnesota, is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization for people with relapsing polychondritis, a painful and potentially fatal condition. Christie said, "Many of us with this incurable condition have tried heavy doses of narcotic pain killers that can have serious side effects and may give mixed results. Over-the-counter medications are mostly good for muscle aches, but did little to address my inflammation and pain. My doctor recently prescribed a new compounded ointment that stops the pain in minutes. It's simply wrong for insurers to take away coverage for such essential medications."

Organizations represented in the quickly growing coalition include the Veterans Advocacy Group of America, Kidney Cancer Association, Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, dozens of independent community pharmacists and pharmacies and others, including patients, physicians and students.

The coalition website, www.saverxaccess.org, helps patients better understand and navigate these issues. On the website, patients, physicians, pharmacists, patient advocates and others can find useful information to help them fight back and protect their access to the medicines their doctors have prescribed.

"The coalition's rapid and continuing growth is an indication of the public outrage that will come as millions of patients and their families are caught by the unprecedented and largely unpublicized denial of coverage," McEniry said. "We simply can't sit back and allow insurance companies to dictate p
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