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Lynn Crisci, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor: Insurers Should Step Back from Step Therapy

June 12, 2017

A survivor of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing tells the story of her injury, quest for diagnosis, and discovery that her insurance company silently switched her prescription.

Where were you on April 15, 2013? Lynn Crisci, who now works with the U.S. Pain Foundation in Massachusetts, was at the finish line at the Boston Marathon, 30 feet from a bomb placed by Tamerlane and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The bomb blast gave Crisci a traumatic brain injury, the damage of which was internal and thus difficult to identify and diagnose. After finally obtaining a prescription for Imitrex to combat her debilitating migraines, Crisci was hopeful. Her hope waned, however, as the medicine her doctor prescribed failed to help--or so she thought.

Crisci explains to Health Care News Podcast host Michael Hamilton how her health insurance company switched the medication her doctor prescribed to a cheaper alternative--without informing her or her doctor. Her story is another example of why patients must advocate for themselves and why third parties should step back from doctor-patient relationships.

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Michael Hamilton writes and edits for the liberty-minded clients of Good Comma Editing, LLC, a freelance writing and editing company. @MikeFreeMarket