Older Prescription Drugs in a Stepwise Approach Needs Health Insurance Overhaul

Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2022) – The National Headache Foundation issued a statement challenging health insurance payers for uneven treatment of migraine patients, arguing “current care models have not kept pace with the many advances in treatment.”

Tom Dabertin, CEO/Executive Director said, “Clinicians and patients are naturally upset that payers are forcing them to use older medications, some of which are not even designed for the specific treatment of migraine, even though new migraine-specific therapies now exist. The NHF advocates that payers adopt care models that are patient-centric, where the clinician in collaboration with the patient, is the primary decision-maker and selects a treatment that addresses the patient’s treatment goals and needs.”

The leader of NHF, who experiences migraine himself, said “For too long, migraine patients have been treated differently than others with medical issues as it related to prescription medications. For more than 50 years, NHF has been the voice for more than 40 million American adults with migraine.”

The NHF statement in full can be found here.