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."