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Viewpoints: Medication rules are a pain
Sacramento Bee

The fifth time shouldn’t be the charm when it comes to obtaining safe and proven medications to fight debilitating pain from arthritis or other diseases. Yet, it is currently state policy that, to lower costs, some health care plans can deny patients as many as five times before the patient is allowed to receive the recommended pain medication from their doctors.

The Legislature is considering Assembly Bill 889 by Assemblyman Jim Frazier that would limit and regulate this prescription drug protocol known as “step therapy.”