IfPA’s Patient Access Policy Blog

Drug Approval Signals New Era in Cancer Care

Is precision medicine gaining traction in the field of oncology?  The Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the cancer drug pembrolizumab offers a hint. 

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High Out-of-Pocket Costs Threaten Access for Medicare Patients

Some Medicare beneficiaries pay 20 percent of their income in out-of-pocket medical expenses, a new study finds.  And a disproportionate number of those are low-income

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The New Face of Hepatitis C

Long considered an affliction of the baby boomer generation, hepatitis C now has spiked among a surprising new population: young people. Hepatitis C infections hit

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Drug Safety Data Underscores Need for Pharmacovigilance

One in every three new drugs triggers side effects discovered only after Food and Drug Administration approval, new data reveals.  And that statistic begs a

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Access Issues Loom Large at Munich Workshop on Biologics and Biosimilars

By Brian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Patient Access When should patients switch from one medicine to another for non-medical reasons?  How can

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How Balanced Treatment, Innovation & Better Policy Can Help Solve the Opioid Epidemic

“Doctor, make my pain go away.” I hear this plea, in one form or another, from patients on a daily basis.  Yet it presents physicians like

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Clinical Trials Awareness Week Focuses on Policy, Participation

What can the federal government do to raise clinical trials awareness?  Maybe a lot, suggests one organization. May 1-5 marks Clinical Trials Awareness Week, when

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Health Plan Report Cards Reveal High Rejection Rate for Cholesterol Meds

Rejection is never pleasant.  But for the 34,459 patients whose health plans refuse to cover advanced treatment for high cholesterol, it could also be deadly.

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Tubing Mix-ups Pose New Dangers for Infants

Robin Rogers was 35 weeks pregnant when she began to suffer from significant vomiting and dehydration. She was admitted to the hospital near her home

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Keeping Asthma Medication within Patients’ Reach

A new bureaucratic obstacle could make it even harder for asthma patients to get the medicine they need. For several years now, high cost-sharing has

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