Patient Access and Choice (Therapeutic Options)
Issues of affordability and ability to pay must not impede patient access to required medications.
Physicians are best suited to making decisions about the treatment needs of their patients as they fully understand the disease history and the clinical implications of treatment. For this reason, physicians should have the option to prevent switching of prescribed medications by pharmacists.
A policy must be established to ensure that patients who are being successfully treated on a medication are not forced to switch medications.
Mechanisms for formulary exceptions and/or special authorization should be timely and efficient, allowing patients to gain access to clinically important medications that will provide optimal treatment benefits.