A recent article in Vox examines the challenges in diagnosing proper treatments for people with depression, namely the fact that not all treatments work for every patient. The author hones in on the frustrations depression patients face when they are prescribed medicine or therapy that is designed to help treat depression, but are ineffective to their specific needs, and show varying results from patient to patient due to the complexity of the disease itself. “No one thinks those two people have the same biological problem,” said Conor Liston, a research psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. “And yet those two people get the same label.” This article underscores the importance of the six protected classes, as proposals to limit access to certain medications under the Part D program which are not interchangable - such as antidepressants - would have a profound impact on the patients who benefit from having access to the full spectrum of treatment options.
The article in its entirety can be read here.