A Primer on the Value of Specialty Pharmacy Services to Patients and Healthcare Systems in Canada

Innovations in specialty medications are changing the story of disease by improving outcomes for patients and the healthcare system.  These innovations offer hope and, in some cases, a cure, where other therapies are limited in their effectiveness.

Pharmacy has always engaged patients in the treatment of their disease by promoting understanding, participation, and adherence to their drug therapy.  However, for specialty medications, pharmacies are increasingly managing many other aspects of this unique drug therapy, including shipping and handling, reimbursement navigation, monitoring, and administration.

All patients in the healthcare system share responsibility for optimizing the value of high-cost specialty medications.  With these more complex therapies comes more complex care.  As we move toward increasingly individualized medicine, patient are will become equally complex.


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