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Two Organizations Join Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

Today, the North Carolina Rheumatology Association (NCRA) and the U.S. Pain Foundation became the newest members of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) driving up drug costs.  

 

The Center for Biosimilars

PBMs: The Biosimilar Blockade

By Angus Worthing, MD, FACR, FACP

With 5 rheumatology biosimilars already approved by the FDA, and dozens more in the pipeline, the landscape of the rheumatology drug market is on the cusp of a major shift. Biosimilars were created to bring notoriously expensive biologic drugs to patients at lower prices. In theory, they increase access to life-changing, even life-saving, treatments. As a practicing rheumatologist in downtown Washington, DC, I observe firsthand the power of biologics to bring relief to patients suffering from crippling diseases of the joints.

 
 
 
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Rheumatology Groups Join Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

The Association of Women in Rheumatology (AWIR), National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), and Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) announced today that they have joined the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in driving up drug costs.

 

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State Rheumatology Organizations Join Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

The Florida Society of Rheumatology, New York State Rheumatology Society, and California Rheumatology Alliance today became the newest members of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a new coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in driving up drug costs.

 
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Leading Health Organizations Announce Launch of Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

Health leaders today announced the launch of the Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of provider and patient groups concerned about the practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) driving up drug costs.  

 
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Tallahassee Democrat

Levin: Patients deserve access to the right meds

By Dr. Robert Levin, President of the Florida Society of Rheumatology

Over my 28 years as a practicing rheumatologist, I have progressively been denied my authority to prescribe the best medicines for my patients.The problem is a process called “step therapy,” which allows insurance plans to force physicians to prescribe less effective – and cheaper – drugs before they can use the medications they had in mind all along. This is a bad idea, and the Florida Legislature should correct it immediately.