For Skin Patients, The Waiting Never Ends

If you live in Philadelphia, you may wait 78 days. In Cedar Rapids, 91 days.  According to a new report, long waits for dermatology appointments – for both new and returning patients – have become the norm.  And that’s a problem.

Non-Medical Switching Hurts Patients

In a first-of-its-kind study, the Alliance for Patient Access reveals that non-medical switching, where insurers or pharmacy benefit managers drive stable patients to switch to lower-cost medicines, can levy widespread damage on patients' quality of life.

"I'm Calling About Paul"

Paul has been coming to our dermatology office for years.  He has painful psoriasis; after years of trying different medications he finally found one that controls his symptoms.  Then Paul changed insurance companies in the middle of his treatment.

Overcoming Barriers to Dermatological Treatment

Skin conditions affect tens of millions of people across the United States with symptoms that range from purely cosmetic to downright painful—and in some cases lethal. In addition, skin conditions can signal deeper problems.

Step Therapy: A Policy Panel Discussion

Devastating.  Awful.  Miserable.  That’s how patients and advocates described step therapy during a recent Derma Care Access Network policy panel on Capitol Hill.

Listen to panelist stories below.

Sarah Hagar describes the exhausting process of accessing medicine that effectively treated her psoriasis.
Cara Ellis shares her story about her son Walker, who was born with eczema. She explains how it was a "struggle from day one" trying to access his treatment.
Adam Friedman, MD, explains that step therapy "diverts attention" from the real purpose of a patient visit.
Courtney Clayton, a medical assistant, explains the administrative burden of step therapy.
 
Linda Markham, RN, explains that time spent dealing with step therapy paperwork is "time that you otherwise could be devoting to that patient."