Hepatitis C Testing: Taking Cost Out of the Equation
Here I am, back on my soapbox, calling for people to get screened for the hepatitis C virus (HCV). More than 3 million Americans are infected with this virus and a majority of these people don’t even know it! It’s to those estimated 1.6 million infected but undiagnosed people that I plead with, once again, [...]
What Makes Specialty Pharmacy Special?
Guest Blog: Russell Gay, Chief Strategic Officer at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Many people wonder how a specialty pharmacy is different from any other kind of pharmacy. Let me share the story of a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient, Michael, to illustrate the true value of a specialty pharmacy. Michael wakes at 5 a.m. He feels the [...]
Surgery Soon? First, Check Your Medicine Cabinet
My mother was recently diagnosed with a 7 mm breast lesion that is a ductal carcinoma. In preparing for surgery, I reviewed her medicines and dietary supplements. Mom is a very health conscience 84-year-old and she follows a wholesome diet and has an active lifestyle. Not surprisingly, I recommended that she suspend her daily aspirin [...]
What Other Medications Are You Taking?
Guest Blog: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy At the start of therapy with BioPlus and at each and every refill, I ask my patients “what other medications are you taking?” Does that seem a bit much? Well, let me tell you a story… One of my patients once called me [...]
Why We Can’t Go It Alone
It’s only a few days until the first-ever national “Hepatitis Testing Day” in the United States. As this day approaches (May 19th, 2012) I can’t help but think of the millions of Americans who do not know that they have chronic viral hepatitis. I hope that as many of them as possible participate in free [...]