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Opinion: Step therapy: Harmful delays and the patient may suffer

Capitol Weekly, Aug. 24, 2020 (Op-Ed)

August 24, 2020

Opinion: Step therapy: Harmful delays and the patient may suffer

Rimal Bera M.D., psychiatrist and professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine writes, “If it’s that evident to everyone that step therapy causes potentially harmful delays, perhaps it’s time for policymakers to consider restricting the practice for patients trying to manage the impact of all harmful diseases – not just the novel coronavirus. … If this approach makes sense for COVID-19, shouldn’t it make sense after the pandemic and for other conditions too?”