On October 8, 2019, the Columbus Dispatch published an opinion piece authored by Aimed Alliance Staff Attorney John A. Wylam on nonmedical switching in Ohio health systems. While the term “nonmedical switching” typically refers to an insurance practice, health systems also engage in nonmedical switching by instructing their practitioners to stop prescribing certain medications for nonmedical reasons and then not stocking those medications in their pharmacies. In the op-ed, Wylam analyzes why these policies are being implemented and draws attention to how they can negatively impact patients’ health. This op-ed builds upon the report that Aimed Alliance jointly published with the Doctor-Patients Rights Project (DPRP), which provides greater details about patient and provider experiences with nonmedical switching required by health systems in Ohio.
Click here to read the op-ed.