A specialty pharmacy is a pharmacy that dispenses medications that are considered to be:

  • High touch
  • High complexity
  • High cost

High touch refers to a frequent dosage of a drug or frequent dosage adjustments while high complexity refers to the different dosage changes and other complex factors that change on an individual basis.

The medications typically dispensed by the specialty pharmacy are also of a higher cost because of the complexity and frequent dosing changes. With the pharmacy monitoring both the medication and the patient, specialty pharmacies can often cost the individual less money overall.

Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Specialty pharmaceuticals are typically used to treat chronic or rare diseases. They administer many types of medications including injectables, infusibles, oral and inhaled.

These types of drugs may have more severe side effects than other traditional drugs so the additional supervision and monitoring of a patient’s therapy is very important. In addition, many medications also need the special handling or special storage conditions.

The types of medications that are available from a specialty pharmacy treat several conditions that may include the following:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gaucher’s disease
  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immune disorders
  • Infertility
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Specialty pharmacies work with complex disease states and treatment regiments partnering with the referring specialist as well as the patient and caregiver for optimum results. They also typically have support staff to handle insurance verification, setting up home health, and/or finding an infusion therapy suite for treatment.

Read more information about ReinHealth Specialty Pharmacy Services.

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