Has your doctor ever prescribed you a medication, then when you go to the pharmacy to pick it up, you are given a different or generic version? Many women diagnosed with various conditions are experiencing just that.
Step therapy, also known as fail first is a cost-containment practice often implemented by insurers. With step therapy, patients are required to fail on one or more medications before they receive the medication originally prescribed by their own healthcare provider. In step therapy with forced off-label prescribing, the medications patients are required to try, and often fail on, are not approved by the FDA for the treatment of their medical condition.
Have you ever experienced step therapy and failed on medications before receiving the right one? Please share in the comments below, we’d love to hear your story.
Stay tuned for a blog series that will go more in depth on this topic within the next few weeks.