When Matt Ellefson developed a cough, he didn’t think much of it. He just assumed it was caused by the cold winter air, but as the weeks passed by his cough lingered. Then he began coughing up blood. Within hours of going to the ER, Matt was diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, and the prognosis wasn’t good. With treatment, he faced a five-year survival rate of less than five percent.
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When selecting health insurance coverage to suit you and your family’s needs, you may think it is safe to assume your plan will help cover the medicines prescribed by your doctor. This, however, is not always the case. Beyond making sure the treatment you need is listed on an insurance company’s list of covered medicines or formulary, there may be additional steps insurers require before you can get the medicine you were prescribed.
Would you rather take three different pills a day, following specific instructions for each, making sure you don’t forget one or just one pill a day that has the same effect?
As drug development advances, so have efforts to simplify medication delivery for patients in the form of combination therapies. These medicines contain two or more pharmaceutical ingredients in one single dose to treat a specific disease.
When it comes to health coverage, access to health care services is not always the same. For some, out-of-pocket costs may create barriers to access and hinder adherence to needed services and treatments.
When Marina Symcox was diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) she was given no hope. In the late 1990’s, there were no effective treatments for GIST - a rare and very deadly type of stomach cancer.
In case you missed it, a front-page story in The New York Times this weekend told the story of Patricia Wanderlich and several other patients who, despite purchasing coverage through the health insurance exchange, or marketplace, have found high, and often combined, deductibles are a major hurdle to accessing needed care.
Thanks in large part to innovative new treatments, now more than ever, patients can live longer, healthier lives. But in order for this to be possible, access to needed medicines is critical.
Another Medicare open enrollment period begins today, Wednesday, October 15, and runs through Sunday, December 7. During open enrollment seniors and individuals with disabilities can evaluate their Medicare plan choices to make sure they’re still right for them, compare options and make changes for the new year. One thing beneficiaries evaluate during open enrollment is their prescription drug coverage. Here are five things you might not know about Medicare Part D:
Insurance jargon can be confusing. Whether you’ve been choosing a health plan annually for years or have coverage for the first time, it can be tricky to figure out exactly what your plan covers and how to prepare for out-of-pocket costs.
Jamie Pires fainted in her doctor’s office when she was told she has Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), a cancer the starts inside the bone marrow. This wasn’t supposed to happen. Even her doctor thought she was in good health. She only went to the doctor because she had some hay fever symptoms.
This week PhRMA released a new report, “Researching Cancer Medicines: Setbacks and Stepping Stones,” which examines the investigational cancer medicines that did not succeed in clinical trials and how these so-called “failures” have helped advance the treatment of this devastating set of diseases.
Mental Illness Awareness Week, which takes place the first full week of October, is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental illness and make progress in eliminating stigmas that discourage people from seeking care and support. In the guest commentary below, Husseini K. Manji, MD, FRCPC, Global Head of Neuroscience for Janssen Research & Development LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company, addresses the significant toll of mental illness.
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis and it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by the disease. However, given its complexity, the facts about cancer care are often misconstrued.