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Patient advocates, drugmakers fight insurers’ pain pill policies
The Bay Citizen

Cynthia Toussaint is a passionate advocate for pain patients and the face of a small nonprofit – For Grace – that is sponsoring a bill in the California Legislature that would limit health insurers’ ability to steer patients to low-cost or generic medicines before approving stronger, more costly remedies.

Toussaint has testified twice before legislative committees about the devastation such policies, known as “fail first” or step therapy, can cause patients who need quick relief.