Dr. Kristen Holland Helps to Change the Wisconsin Medicaid UM Criteria

Kristen Holland, MDDr. Kristen Holland, associate professor of dermatology, recently testified before the Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmacy Prior Authorization Advisory Committee regarding the prior authorization requirements for dupilumab. Dupilumab is a biologic medication used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in children and adults. It has revolutionized care for patients with atopic dermatitis and ameliorated much of the suffering that comes with this disease. As a result of Dr. Holland’s testimony and advocacy, the step therapy requirements for a topical calcineurin inhibitor were eliminated. This long-overdue common-sense change will allow more patients to benefit from dupilumab. Thank you to Dr. Holland for making it easier for dermatologists to care for patients with atopic dermatitis and for patients to receive the treatments they need. She is a true hero!

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