Step therapy requires patients to try medications in a certain order, forcing them to try cheaper medications before being able to "step up" to the more expensive prescription drugs.
Unfortunately, this way of approaching treatment can actually prolong a patient's path to better health.
When a person with a mental illness is not prescribed the proper medications for their condition, it could have traumatic results.
No one should be required to take medicine a doctor believes will not work before being allowed to take medicine that will work.
What is being done to prevent step therapy from interfering with the treatment of people with mental illnesses?
Mark J. Heyrman joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what step therapy is and how it can be damaging to those people suffering with a mental illness.