Michelle Flowers: Ensure patients receive right medicine at right time

The cost of health care is a major topic of discussion at the state and national level, and there’s no question that we must find ways to make it more affordable for patients — but we must make sure that we provide our patients with the best available treatment options based on efficacy and toxicity.

Unfortunately, the Florida Legislature ended its session with no real solutions for patients after seven years of working toward streamlined step therapy and prior authorization protocols to ensure patients receive the right medicine at the right time.

The Oncology Managers of Florida, a professional organization committed to providing a source of information and educational support as well as implementing changes in medical policies and governmental issues for oncology practice managers in Florida, has been working with state and federal policymakers to advocate for policies that maintain the physician-patient relationship to ensure the patient receives the right medication at the most appropriate time…

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