Fail First Policy and Why It Will Likely Affect You Someday

pilldollarsFail first policy. To the unknowing, it sounds like another one of those ill-conceived foreign policy doctrines, or possibly a method for dealing with the runaway deficit. It certainly doesn’t sound like something that might end up affecting each and every one of us where it counts most, but that’s exactly what may happen.

Fail First policy, also called “step therapy,” is the practice of forcing doctors to prescribe the least costly drug in any class to patients first, even if the physician wants to begin treatment with a different medication. Medical insurance companies Continue reading “Fail First Policy and Why It Will Likely Affect You Someday” »

Choices – Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

arthritisEveryone knows that living with a disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis is a day-to-day struggle. It is common knowledge how things can go from bad to worse in the span of a few hours, but it is hard for those of you who don’t suffer from chronic illness to grasp just how much that affects a person. All the factors that go into one tiny decision can boggle the mind. Hopefully I can give you some insight into how it works.

Originally, I had planned to write today’s column on another subject, but over the last two days I have been Continue reading “Choices – Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis” »

Arthritis: The Leading Cause Of Disability In The U.S.

x-rayIf you were asked the leading cause of disability in America, what would your answer be? Consider your response carefully, as I can almost assure you that it is not any of the illnesses you are contemplating.

Could it be diabetes? This ailment certainly affects a significant portion of the adult public. Most of us have an acquaintance or two that suffers from the disease. How about depression? Sure, it’s not a condition normally associated with disability, but Continue reading “Arthritis: The Leading Cause Of Disability In The U.S.” »

The NSAID Farce

NSAID-pain-reliefRheumatoid Arthritis today is not the same as it was 25 years ago. Now, the population at large has at least a vague idea of what Rheumatoid Arthritis is. Of course, the misconceptions and stereotypes still run rampant, but at least people have heard of the disease. Back when I was diagnosed with JRA, the term had barely been coined. When anyone heard me say those three letters they usually asked “what’s that?”

Today things are a bit different. In fact, they are so different, that we’ve completely passed the happy Continue reading “The NSAID Farce” »