A Sampling of Fail First In the News

Compassionate care is a must
by Robert Fredericks
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 6, 2012 
Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills
The New York Times
June 27, 2012 
State law bars help on drug costs
WCVB NewsCenter5
May 21, 2012 
Maryland doctors want law preventing insurer ‘tricks’
Insurance & Financial Advisor
May 14, 2012
Insurers Alter Cost Formula, and Patients Pay More
The New York Times
April 26, 2012
Bill to limit costs of rare disease drugs in Connecticut dies in committee
April 18, 2012
Bill Aims To Make Things Easier For Chronic Pain Sufferers
by Kenny Goldberg
KPBS Public Broadcasting
April 16, 2012
States aim to curb patients’ burden for costly drugs
The Bulletin
April 13, 2012
States Seek Curb on Patient Bills for Costly Drugs
by Andrew Pollack
The New York Times
April 12, 2012
Should insurers get to decide your medication?
by Dave Seminara
The Boston Globe
April 8, 2012
Patients Shouldn’t Have to Fail First 
by Cynthia Toussaint
March 20th, 2012
It’s Time to Put a Stop to Step Therapy
by Matthew Titone, New York State Assembly Member, 61st District
The Huffington Post
April 4, 2012
Big PBM Deal: a Matter of Antitrust. Not to Mention Just Plain Trust
CFO Publishing LLC
February 24, 2012
A Match Made In……..
The Redheaded Pharmacist
February 25, 2012
Mega-PBM Will Shut Down Pharmacies, Eliminate Jobs
Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW!
February 24, 2012
60 Plus Association Applauds Opposition to PBM Merger
60 Plus Association
February 23, 2012
Nationwide Coalition Thanks Rep. Jeff Duncan For Conveying Concerns About Mega-PBM Merger 
Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW!
February 15, 2012
Your Pharmacy May be in Danger 
National Black Chamber of Commerce
February 14, 2012
A prescription for a tantrum 
by Kevin Horrigan
February 12, 2012
Battle over generic drugs leaves doctors, drug companies at odds
Democrat and Chronicle
January 8, 2012
NYS Medicaid Changes: Do You Know if Your Prescription Might Not Be Available to You on October 1st?
Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF)
September 27, 2011
Practicing Medicine Versus Pushing Paper
by Steven P. Ringel
Health Affairs
June 9, 2011
VIDEO: Living with Chronic Pain and Step Therapy / Fail First
WTIC Fox Morning News – Hartford, Connecticut
May 19, 2011
PCORI keeps close eye on misuse of research
by Brett Coughlin
May 18, 2011
Lawmakers want to overturn ‘terrible’ state insurance policy 
by Justin McCarthy
The Legislative Gazette
May 18, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
San Antonio Express-News
May 13, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
Westport News
May 13, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
Mix 96.1
May 13, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
May 12, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
Wall Street and Main
May 12, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
WorldNow and WTEN
May 12, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
May 12, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
WorldNow and WCAX
May 12, 2011
Advocates seek end of ‘fail first’ meds policy
North Country Public Radio
May 12, 2011
Patient Angry Over Insurer’s Fail-First Policy
CBS Eyewitness News 3
April 7, 2011
Fail First/Drug Substitution Survey Results (Adobe PDF document)
Presented by Louis Clay Tharp
Global Healthy Living Foundation
April 1, 2011
VIDEO: Medicaid in New York State and Prescription Medication Coverage
Seth Ginsberg
March 25, 2011
OPM wants lower copays, deductibles for wellness activities
by Stephen Losey
Federal Times
March 25, 2011
The Gastrointestinal Dangers You Don’t Know About NSAIDs: Louis Clay Tharp talks about how common, over-the-counter ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen and others could be harmful if taken incorrectly.
by Louis Clay Tharp
CreakyJoints: Special Report
March 15, 2011
Fail First Policy and Why it Will Likely Affect You Someday
by Daniel P Malito
The Huffington Post
February 24, 2011
Let Doctor and Patient Make Health Decisions
Star News
January 6, 2011
Survey Shows Health Insurers Change Prescription Medications to Save Money, Overrule Doctors’ Orders Without Seeing Patient (Adobe PDF document)
Global Healthy Living Foundation
November 29, 2010
About Us and Fail First Press Release (Adobe PDF document)
Global Healthy Living Foundation
April 12, 2010
Peter Pitts: Cheaper medicines not always better
The Orange County Register
March 11, 2010
California Minority Advocacy Groups Send Letter to Blue Shield of California Calling for an End to Discriminatory Practice that Denies Patients in Pain Access to Proper Medication
Hispanic PR Wire
November 20, 2009
Step Therapy as Denial of Care – Here-e-r-e’s Rationing! 
by Trisha Torrey, About.com Guide to Patient Empowerment
Patient Empowerment Blog

August 2, 2009
Patients Irate With Insurers’ ‘Fail First’ Policy
by Dan Childs
ABC News Medical Unit
April 22, 2009
Thomson Reuters Study Finds Step Therapy Programs May Increase Overall Healthcare Costs For Employers
Thompson Reuters
March 27, 2009
Position Statement on Step Therapy and Therapeutic Switching 
American Pain Foundation
January 27, 2009
To Counter Sales Reps, Insurers Push Step Therapy
by Ed Silverman
May 5th, 2008
Fail-First Policies To Limit Access To Medications: A Guide For Advocates
National Alliance on Mental Illness
February 21, 2003