Cancer patients who rely on chemotheraphy type drugs want Ohio lawmakers to tell insurance companies to cover medications the same, regardless of whether they come in IVs or pills. Donna Detwiler, a cancer survivor from North Lima, says she patients often prefer to take pills because it allows them more flexibility and less down time. But she says the out of pocket cost of the pills is often much higher than the cost of IVs that have to be administered by health professionals
Detwiler and advocates for cancer patients say the problem is that insurers treat intravenous and oral medications differently where co-pays are concerned. And since more and more cancer drugs are coming in the form of pills, they say this issue needs to be addressed now.