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Fail First

How Insurance Companies Drive Up the Cost of Live-Saving Drugs for Patients

Rob Sawicki | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

When the Daraprim story broke, politicians saw an opportunity to tackle an issue that had drawn ample media attention -- the cost of pharmaceutical treatments.

Patients Shouldn't Have to Fail First

Matthew Titone | Posted 06.04.2012 | New York
Matthew Titone

Fail first policies require the least expensive drug in any class to be prescribed to a patient first, even if the physician believes a different therapy is medically best. Unfortunately, the results of fail first are not just ridiculous. They are often cruel.

Fail First Policy And Why It Will Likely Affect You Someday

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel P. Malito

Fail First policy, also called "step therapy," is the practice of forcing doctors to prescribe the least costly drug in any class to patients first, even if the physician wants to begin treatment with a different medication.