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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
January 05, 2017
January 05, 2017
A new report by the HHS Inspector General found that federal payments for Medicare Part D catastrophic coverage, which pays 80% of drug costs after...
A new report by the HHS Inspector General found that federal payments for Medicare Part D catastrophic coverage, which pays 80% of drug costs after a beneficiary has spent a certain amount annually, surpassed $33 billion in 2015, more than triple the amount paid in 2010.
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January 05, 2017
January 05, 2017
Genoa, a behavioral health pharmacy and telepsychiatry company, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Advanced Pharmacy Solutions (APS), based in...
Genoa, a behavioral health pharmacy and telepsychiatry company, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Advanced Pharmacy Solutions (APS), based in Mississippi. The acquisition will expand Genoa's footprint throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and South Carolina, serving an additional 50 clinics.
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October 07, 2016
October 07, 2016
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January 17, 2017
January 17, 2017
The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, S. 109, was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The...
Introduction of House companion bill expected soon
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January 10, 2017
It is notable that in conversation around the Chicago Tribune story, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations,” no one has...
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September 13, 2016
September 13, 2016
On September 6, APhA submitted comments on the annual CMS proposed rule that outlines how Medicare pays physicians. APhA’s comments were guided by...
Comments reflect members’ experiences providing chronic care management and diabetes training
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