Specialty pharmacies handle medications that are given by infusion, injection or orally. These medications traditionally cost more than prescription medications, have special storage and handling requirements and need to be administered on a strict schedule. Patients, being treated for pain, may be prescribed higher dosages of opioids and opioid “rescue medications” that will require a specialty pharmacy.
The pharmacy staff of specially trained pharmacists, nurses and care coordinators, assist in new prescriptions and refills, coordinate insurance authorizations and offer support and training to patients and caregivers.
These are some of the patient conditions served by specialty pharmacies:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Psoriatic and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Below is a list of retail pharmacies that offer specialty services:
Check with your insurance company to see what preferred specialty pharmacy network is available to you. And if you have a palliative care provider on your health care team, they will have a specialty pharmacy that they work with who will be able to provide you with the services you need.
Using a specialty pharmacy is an invaluable resource tool that helps you safely manage medications.