One-third of patients with PsA report barriers to biologic access

Data published in the Journal of Rheumatology revealed that 27% of patients with psoriatic arthritis who had experience with biologics and/or small-molecule agents reported barriers to treatment, with the most common hurdles being coverage ineligibility and high out-of-pocket costs.

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Expert Perspectives on Management of Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis: A Multidisciplinary Consensus Addressing Current and Emerging Therapies

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic, relapsing, inflammatory skin disease that affects children and adults. Until recently, the only Food and Drug Administration–approved systemic treatment option for patients with moderate-to-severe AD was systemic steroids, which are not recommended by current guidelines and are commonly associated with disease rebound.

Atopic Dermatitis Quality of Life Report

In 2016/2017 ESC undertook a quality of life insights project to better understand the burden of living with atopic dermatitis, the quality of life impact, and the needs of those living with atopic dermatitis.

Adam Friedman, MD, Elected President of the Derma Care Access Network

From The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

The Derma Care Access Network (DCAN) recently elected Adam Friedman, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as president of the organization, which advocates for patients who face challenges in getting access to dermatological medications.

DCAN, founded in early 2016, sponsors educational advocacy initiatives and educational programs with the aim of promoting policymaking centered on access to therapies and clinical care in the dermatology field. Stakeholders in the organization include patients, physicians, researchers, and patient advocates; Friedman has been a member since the organization’s inception.

“I am honored to be elected president of this rapidly expanding organization,” Friedman said. “The work DCAN is doing to support patients is incredibly important, and I look forward to advocating for policies that will advance the field of dermatology.”

Friedman said his primary goal is to “advocate for public policy that overcomes barriers limiting patient access to approved treatments and appropriate clinical care for a broad array of skin conditions.”

To accomplish this goal, he said, DCAN will raise awareness about step therapy, prior authorizations, medical switching, and other barriers to access among physicians, members of the industry, policymakers, and patients through educational programming. That programming will include white papers, media engagement, and medical conference engagement, he added.

DCAN is a subgroup of the Alliance for Patient Access, a national network of physicians dedicated to ensuring patient access to approved therapies and appropriate clinical care.

Make Some Noise: Advocating for Access

Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD, is an associate professor of dermatology in the department of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC, where he also serves as the Residency Program Director and the Director of Translational Research. In addition, Dr. Friedman is a member of the medical advisory board for the Derma Care Access Network (DCAN), where he is helping to turn up the volume on important access to care issues in dermatology.

WHAT IS THE DERMA CARE ACCESS NETWORK (DCAN)?

Adam Friedman, MD: DCAN is a project of the Alliance for Patient Access that is dedicated to addressing issues related to access to therapies and clinical care in dermatology. We are a group of stakeholders including patients, patient advocates, physicians, and scientists, and together we are sponsoring educational initiatives and advocacy programs to encourage informed policymaking about the benefits of access to approved therapies and appropriate clinical care.

Read more at Practical Dermatology

Understanding Prior Authorization

 

What began as a safeguard against unnecessary drug spending has become a significant barrier to patient access.

Eczema Awareness Month

This October Eczema Awareness Month, groups and advocates from across the healthcare landscape are taking action to raise awareness for patients living with eczema and severe atopic dermatitis. Millions of Americans suffer from the burden of this disease, and this month presents an opportunity to help tell the story of the unmet medical need they continue to face. 

Here are a few helpful resources that can be used to raise awareness:

Eczema Matters
Eczema Matters is a central resource with up-to-date information on treatments, patient stories, therapy breakthroughs and more. 

Eczema Resource Center
Eczema Resource Center discusses the types of eczema/dermatitis with detail on symptoms, causes, treatment, and tips on how to manage eczema.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Resource
Atopic Dermatitis Resources provides an overview of eczema, from symptoms of eczema, how it is diagnosed, and treatment and management of eczema. It also features a link to a Asthma and Allergies Symptom Test.

Eczema in Children
Eczema in Children provides information on how eczema affects children.

Eczema Exposed
Eczema Exposed features a discussion guide to help start a conversation with a provider and a tool that helps you find a dermatologist or allergist in your area.

Overcoming Barriers to Dermatological Treatment White Paper
“Overcoming Barriers to Dermatological Treatment” that dives into various skin conditions (including eczema) and how it is difficult for patients to obtain treatment.

About Eczema
About Eczema site that features information on eczema, how to identify it, typical treatments, environmental risks, and other common issues.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Page
About Eczema site provides helpful overview about what eczema is and how to identify it.

Webinar Wednesdays
Webinar Wednesdays: Ongoing educational webinars with world-class medical experts discussing the latest in disease management, research, treatments and related information you need to live well with eczema.

Why Patients with Skin Conditions Can’t Get Treated

Tens of millions of people across the United States are affected by skin conditions, but not all of them can access the doctors and medications they need.  So explains a new white paper from the Derma Care Access Network, an advocacy group that encourages informed policy on access to dermatological care.

As “Overcoming Barriers to Dermatological Treatment” explains, skin conditions vary from the cosmetic to the deadly. The paper calls out in particular:

  • Atopic dermatitis (commonly known as eczema), which affects more than 30 million Americans
  • Psoriasis, which affects 7.5 million
  • Acne, which affects as many as 50 million people
  • Chronic urticarial, which causes red, itchy welts, and which affects 15-20% of the population
  • Skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States, which affects 5.4 million people and has an estimated 9,500 diagnoses every day.

Patients with skin conditions may also have comorbidities such as chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, renal disease and rheumatic disease.  But obtaining treatment can be difficult.

Read more at Institute for Patient Access

Overcoming Barriers to Dermatological Treatment

Skin is an organ like no other. It can be seen and touched; it is instantly visible on ourselves and others. And in addition to dictating much of our outward appearance—which has vast social significance—our skin allows us our sense of touch and serves as armor protecting us from hostile environments and microbes. 

Just as skin serves multiple functions, conditions impacting our skin can have a multifaceted impact. People who have skin conditions may experience feelings of isolation due to how the appearance of their skin is perceived. For patients with conditions like psoriasis or eczema that are connected to stress, these feelings can be doubly painful—isolation breeds stress, which in turn exacerbates the condition. Skin conditions can undermine a patient’s ability to function at work, school, home, or other social situations, meaning they can have a serious impact on a patient’s financial security and emotional stability. 

Read the full white paper.

The Psoriasis Wish List

From Practical Dermatology

Eight biologic drugs (not to mention three biosimilars) are currently approved to treat psoriasis and there is a greater understanding within the medical community that this disease goes more than skin deep. We are nearing a tipping point, but even with all this progress, still more is needed to improve the quality of life for the 7.5 million people in the United States who live with this disease.

Practical Dermatology® asked some thought leaders to share what they wish for to further advance care of these patients.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE from Practical Dermatology.