What is a Specialty Pharmacy?

Primary health servicesThe Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacy and Freedom Pharmacy are both “specialty” pharmacies. Specialty pharmacies often go above and beyond the services of a community retail pharmacy. They offer a selection of specialty drugs prescribed to treat complex and chronic conditions. Specialty pharmacies also provide their patients with education, quality clinical services, guidance with cost containment and medication review management for their patients during treatment.

Also, patients have access to 24/7 clinical pharmacists to ensure their total care. Specialty pharmacies are continually improving the quality of their patient care.

The correct adherence to a patient’s drug regimen is critical to enhanced quality-of-life in patients with chronic conditions. Also, many specialty medications are under strict FDA guidelines and may require special handling, including temperature-controlled shipment, etc.

In addition, specialty pharmacies have an ongoing relationship with clinical trial scientists and pharmaceutical manufacturers to ensure their patients have access to the most up-to-date specialty drugs. Manufacturers only work with the specialty pharmacies they specifically select.

And the specialty pharmacy’s patient care reps share with their patients any available manufacturers’ copay assistance and/or financial assistance programs since costly specialty medications may otherwise be unaffordable. Plus, they work to guide patients to other nonprofit organizations offering financial assistance with costly medications and treatments.

At Cystic Fibrosis and Freedom Pharmacies, our Circle of Care pharmacy and reimbursement specialist teams work with the patients, their caregivers, clinicians, manufacturers and health plans to serve an integral role in the patient’s total care. The goal is to provide the most cost-effective, optimal treatment to promote the best possible patient results.

Our skilled care teams have an expert ability to identify patients’ benefit levels and financial liability. They pro-actively intervene to help resolve financial obstacles, obtain plan waivers and interface with Compassionate Care programs available for patient assistance. In addition, our staff utilizes their over 30 years of ties with the national medical community to advocate for our patients.

Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacy and Freedom Pharmacy have been awarded accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (A.C.H.C.), with a perfect score of 100%, for the areas of specialty pharmacy, respiratory pharmacy and durable medical equipment. This was a first for the accrediting agency. “All We Do, We Do for You!” is our motto.

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