Understanding Prescription Insurance and Nonmedical Switching

This month, we welcome David DeiCicchi, PharmD, CACP for a patient primer on nonmedical switching, an issue that recently affected many patients on anticoagulation. David is a board-certified anticoagulation care provider and is currently the Director of the Anticoagulation Management Service at Atrius Health, a large, multisite ambulatory care organization in Massachusetts. 

In this webinar, David discusses: 

  • The issue of nonmedical switching that recently occurred with apixaban (Eliquis®)
  • The different ways insurers and pharmacy benefit managers can influence prescription formularies 
  • The impact that nonmedical switching has on patients and clinicians 
  • Strategies for patients to combat nonmedical switching

Key takeaways:

  • Although prescription insurance is essential for patient care, some payer or pharmacy benefit manager practices can be difficult to navigate.
  • Understanding your prescription insurance can help you combat nonmedical switching and other practices that can influence prescribing and out-of-pocket costs. 
  • Be resourceful! There are solutions to nonmedical switching or high drug costs.

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