A Healthesystems publication

Spring 2014

Step Therapy and Therapeutic Interchange

Step therapy and therapeutic interchange programs provide valuable opportunities for payers to provide injured workers with appropriate therapies and limit use of expensive prescription drugs to patients who need them. 

A number of prescription and over-the-counter drug therapies on the market offer similar therapeutic benefits at costs that vary widely. Careful analysis of the characteristics, benefits and costs of each drug and a review of evidence-based treatment guidelines can provide a strong foundation for implementing step therapy and therapeutic interchange programs. These innovative programs help payers and prescribers partner to provide patients with more appropriate drug therapy in a cost-conscious manner.

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SOURCES

1 -2014 Healthesystems clinical analysis.
2 -http://www.drugs.com/stats/top100/2013/sales. Accessed March 13, 2013.
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