Specialty pharmacies were created to strictly focus on high cost, high touch medication therapy for patients with complex, chronic disease states. Not only are they able to connect patients with chronic conditions with the specialty medications they need, but they also provide assistance, education, financial and support services that are required when taking these costly medications.
The medications in specialty pharmacy can range from oral medicine to cutting edge injectable and biologic products. The disease states treated range from cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis to rare genetic conditions.
Specialty Pharmacists & Practice Areas
There are a variety of practice settings where a specialty pharmacist may work in. Some specialty pharmacists work in pharmacies that are dedicated only to specialty medications. This entails a variety of areas including dispensing, medication therapy management, patient advocacy and therapy compliance.
Other pharmacists choose to work in institutional or health system settings where they are involved with the patients therapy, from in-patient to ambulatory care sites. Some pharmacists prefer to work in more traditional retail settings and can 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 practice areas include:
Immunization allows pharmacists to make a difference in public health due to the accessibility of these health care professionals.
Medication therapy management (MTM) describes a broad range of health care services that are provided by pharmacists.
Why is a Specialty Pharmacy needed?
Retail pharmacies are the source for all of your usual prescriptions. These establishments allow you to purchase over-the-counter medications such as pain relief, allergy care, cough medicines and they provide the public with general healthcare advice.
Specialty pharmacies are intended to carry specific medications for highly complicated cases, such as those with chronic and rare conditions. Non-specialty drugs are much easier to create, typically made into a pressed pill or is filled in a capsule. On the other hand, specialty medications are complex to administer, usually taken by mouth, injected, inhaled or infused, characterizing them as high cost drugs.
High cost drugs are also more complex to handle, often needing special shipping and storage requirements such as temperature control. Due to severe side effects of specialty medications, they require advanced special handling and patient support, because of the impact the medications could have on their health.
Regarding the precise administering and care that comes with specialty medications, specialty pharmacies are needed because the distribution of specialty medications often is limited to specific specialty pharmacies.
How It Works
High touch therapy experts are usually available 24 hours a day for their patients and help them with financial assistance or to find foundations that are available to suit their needs.
Consultations, assistance and delivery of medications is provided to patients when needed.
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The partnership between a physician and a specialty pharmacy is an effective collaboration to improve patient outcomes.
Specialty pharmacies help health systems and doctors by providing them visibility into their patients' medication and therapy status.
The pharmacy also handles any investigation of the patients' health coverage and will
follow up with them to document their outcomes to share with the prescriber.
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Pharma partners are supported by specialty pharmacies by helping them to improve medication compliance and therapy success. They help to prevent disruption in their patient's therapy and reduce medication errors and any drug related issues by providing them with real time data on the adherence and success of specialty pharmaceuticals.
Payers are supported by specialty pharmacies throughout the prescription process, making sure that financial responsibility is promoted by working with prescribers and patients. It helps Payers with the improvement of the population's health, reduce unnecessary costs and helps with risk avoidance.
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Immunology is the study of the immune system. Our adaptive immune system helps protect and fight against disease and infection. If our immune system isn't functioning properly, it can result in disease, such as autoimmunity, allergy, dermatology and cancer.
In cases where people experience immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages itself, which is known as an autoimmune disease. Immune deficiency decreases the body's ability to fight infections, like with multiple sclerosis. In response to an unknown trigger, the adaptive immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues.
- Asthma & Respiratory conditions
- Alopecia areata
- Chronic Asthma
- Dermatologic disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lupus nephritis
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Infantile Spasms
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rheumatologic disorders
The Gastroenterology medical specialty is devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders involving the gastrointestinal tract and the liver. Gastroenterology involves a detailed understanding of the physiology (normalcy) of the gastrointestinal organs including motility (movement of material), the digestion and absorption of nutrients, removal of waste, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ.
The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is a series of hollow organs that form a long continuous passage from our mouth to our rectum. The organs that make up our GI tract are our mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Our GI tract, together with our liver, pancreas, and gallbladder, make up our digestive system.
A number of different conditions or diseases can affect the GI tract and have an impact on digestion:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Neurology is the branch of medicine (like Functional Medicine) concerned with the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.
Our nervous system helps regulate and coordinate our body's activities. There are two major divisions: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
- The central nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord.
- The peripheral nervous system consists of the nerves that branch from our brain and spinal cord. The nervers serve as a communication network between the central nervous system and our body parts.
Neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles.
Examples of neurological conditions and disorders include:
- Brain injury or spinal cord injury
- Epilepsy and Seizures
- ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
- Parkinson's Disease
- Sleep disorders
- Tumors of the brain, spine and nerves
The Benefits of a Specialty Pharmacy
By coordinating care with other providers who offer these types medications, it gives doctors and hospitals an edge on improving patient outcomes while reducing costs associated with unnecessary hospitalizations and medications.
Other benefits of a specialty pharmacy include:
Specialty pharmacies offer 24/7 customer support, usually by phone and/ or sms. Specialty staff is known to not only be available for assistance, but to also reach out to their patients, including for things like refill reminders.
Personal patient care is what's so special about specialty pharmacies. They are able to offer their patients services like nursing support, advanced condition education, consultations with their pharmacist and free medication supplies.
These pharmacies are also known for having fast approvals and quick turnaround times on medications and writing biologics. They navigate the process on your behalf so that a determination for the most appropriate medication option can be reached quickly and easily. See here for how Senderra helps with prior authorizations!
Co-pay and funding assistance is usually offered by facilitating enrollment in support programs and programs dedicated to financial assistance to help manage patients and payers manage costly specialty medications.
Medication adherence is paramount in measuring the success of a new medication or therapy. With Senderra's pharmaceutical process, we are able to keep patients adherent to their medications. See Measuring the Success of Medication Adherence to learn more.
Specialty pharmacies, like Senderra, are HIPAA compliant to ensure patient's private health information.
An online physician portal is an excellent additional service for a specialty pharmacy to offer. Streamlining communication between physicians, specialty pharmacies and patients is essential in simplifying work processes and reducing time on task completion. At Senderra, our technological platform is called CarePath.
Why Choose Us
Senderra RX is a specialty pharmacy, but that's just the beginning. At Senderra, we believe success lies in service to others, and as such, we are dedicated to never losing sight of people.
We’ve modeled the way we operate around the needs of those who we serve - people with ongoing (sometimes life-altering) medical conditions. Our team strives to provide care and support to all parties involved.
By leveraging our unique proprietary technological platform, CarePath, and working with others in the healthcare continuum (managed care, doctors, nurses and drug manufacturers), we reach better outcomes for you.
Therapies & Medications
Senderra Specialty Pharmacy works with patients, doctors, and managed care providers to fulfill prescriptions for a number of medical conditions.
Whether it’s education, proactive follow up or connecting your doctor and your insurer for a more expedient prescription process, we want to demonstrate the kind of care that makes a difference for you.
Senderra offers the following therapies and medications:
Specialty Pharmacy Accreditations
At Senderra, we strive to exceed top standards and provide the most reliable services for our patients, prescribers and partners - pharma and payers. Senderra was named 2022 MMIT Patient Choice award finalist.
As a national specialty pharmacy, Senderra is accredited by the Utilization Review
Accreditation Commission (URAC), Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), and a Digital Pharmacy Accreditation by the NABP.