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Specialty Pharmacy

Specialty pharmacy focuses on high cost, high touch medication therapy for patients with complex disease states. Medications in specialty pharmacy range from oral to cutting edge injectable and biologic products. The disease states treated range from cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis to rare genetic conditions.  

A specialty pharmacist may work in a variety of practice settings. Some pharmacists in this practice area work in pharmacies dedicated to only products that are considered specialty medications. In this setting, pharmacists may work in a variety of areas including dispensing, medication therapy management, patient advocacy and therapy compliance. Some pharmacists work in institutional or health system settings and may be involved with the patients therapy from in-patient to ambulatory care sites. Other pharmacists work in more traditional retail settings and either focus on certain specialty disease states at their practice sites or work with an affiliated specialty pharmacy provider to dispense these complex medications.  

SPECIALTY COVERAGE
June 19, 2017
June 19, 2017
The Oral Rheumatoid Arthritis trial (ORAL) Strategy assessed the comparative efficacy of tofacitinib monotherapy, tofacitinib plus methotrexate, and...
The Oral Rheumatoid Arthritis trial (ORAL) Strategy assessed the comparative efficacy of tofacitinib monotherapy, tofacitinib plus methotrexate, and adalimumab plus methotrexate for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in patients with a previous inadequate response to methotrexate.
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June 19, 2017
June 19, 2017
Clovis Oncology Inc said its ovarian cancer drug rucaparib camsylate (Rubraca) slowed disease progression in a late-stage trial involving patients...
Clovis Oncology Inc said its ovarian cancer drug rucaparib camsylate (Rubraca) slowed disease progression in a late-stage trial involving patients with various gene mutations who had undergone initial therapy.
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June 09, 2017
June 09, 2017
Some prominent cancer doctors plan to use clinical trials to show that many oncology medications could be taken at lower doses or for shorter...
Some prominent cancer doctors plan to use clinical trials to show that many oncology medications could be taken at lower doses or for shorter periods without hurting their effectiveness. A pilot study by the group of doctors involving a widely prescribed drug for advanced prostate cancer.
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May 22, 2017
What an interesting week!  Last week, APhA Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs Stacie Maass and I joined a small group...
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March 26, 2017
March 26, 2017
At the 2017 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, a packed session on Friday on Provider Status: It’s Happening focused in large part on the...
Sessions include Provider Status: It’s Happening, Your Annual Legislative and Regulatory Update
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February 07, 2017
February 07, 2017
Community pharmacists in North Carolina will be more easily integrated into patients’ care because of a new collaboration using health information...
Community Care of North Carolina partners with pharmacy management systems
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