ACR targets step therapy and drug pricing in new position statements

April 01, 2019

ATLANTA - The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released new drug pricing and step therapy position statements that they hope legislators will consider as they continue to explore policy and regulatory options to make drugs more affordable and accessible.

"We continue to emphasize these topics because they are so critical to the well-being of millions of Americans living with rheumatic diseases, some of which can be quite debilitating and even lead to death," said Colin Edgerton, MD, a rheumatologist at Low Country Rheumatology in South Carolina and chair of the ACR's Committee on Rheumatologic Care. "The need for patients to have access to prompt, affordable, and medically necessary treatments is ongoing and should be considered at every step of the policy making process."

To make medication more affordable for patients, the ACR recommends:Similarly, the ACR suggests incorporating the following to improve access to appropriate treatments:Step therapy and drug pricing are spotlighted in the ACR's Rheumatic Disease Report Card, which shows how easy it is to live with a rheumatic disease in each state. The report card highlights adequate access to rheumatology care, the affordability of rheumatic disease care, and healthy lifestyle habits that ease the burden of rheumatic disease. The full report is viewable HERE.

The ACR remains steadfast in its support of legislation that keeps drug pricing reasonable for those who need it most, while also protecting patient access to needed therapies that keep more than 54 million Americans with rheumatic diseases living well.
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About the American College of Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology is an international medical society representing over 9,600 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals with a mission to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. In doing so, the ACR offers education, research, advocacy and practice management support to help its members continue their innovative work and provide quality patient care. Rheumatologists are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of more than 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. For more information, visit http://www.rheumatology.org.

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