Join Coalition to Protect Patient Access to Compounded Medications
Monday, June 23, 2014
Posted by: Dagmar Anderson
As you may have heard, in a series of surprise moves earlier this month, PBMs and insurance companies, including Express Scripts, Catamaran, Optum, United HealthCare, and BCBS of various states, announced that access to compounded medicines for thousands of people is in jeopardy. Unless employers and plan sponsors act swiftly to provide for continued coverage AND to hold PBMs and insurance companies responsible for truly managing the prescription benefit instead of arbitrarily slashing it, thousands of compounded prescription medicines will cease to be covered. Additionally, their actions will increase patients’ out-of-pocket costs for critical medications, while also limiting doctors’ ability to prescribe the medicines that are best for their patients.
In an effort to protect patient’s access to needed medications, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) has joined a coalition consisting of individual patients, patient advocacy groups, pharmacists, physicians, pharmacies and healthcare organizations to raise the awareness of this issue. We need your help and invite you to join us in this all-important campaign. Together we must stand up to the PBMs’ and insurance companies’ efforts to limit access to these essential medicines. The PBMs and insurance companies are taking this unprecedented action without consulting patients, physicians, or pharmacists. Yet this plan will have tremendous impact on each.
Announcing Save Rx Access!
Save Rx Access is a coalition of people and organizations working to save patients' access to compound medications. The voices of your pharmacy, patients, physicians, employer groups and elected representatives is critical to bringing awareness to these changes and protecting individualized compound therapy. IACP is proud to support Save Rx Access to help spread awareness of recent benefit changes restricting patients' access to compounded medications. This independent coalition is working diligently to protect your patient's right to specialized healthcare.
Below, we have provided the link to Save Rx Access' website where you will find the most up-to-date information. The website has support documents available to your patients with more being created and added daily. The documents include suggested letters for your patients to send their employers, as well as a template to send directly to the PBMs. Visit www.saverxaccess.org to join the Coalition.
Unite with us to ensure the coverage of compound prescriptions by taking advantage of the documents and resources provided by Save Rx Access. Patients should be treated based on their health, not their finances. Together as an industry, we can ensure that individualized patient care is not compromised.
Help spread the word by following Save Rx Access on Facebook and LinkedIn!