Despite their life-saving nature, many of today’s specialty medications can be daunting to their intended recipients. From complex multi-drug regimens, to understanding proper medication administration and navigating the financing of these high-cost prescriptions, there are several barriers preventing individuals from being their healthiest.
The complexity and cost of a medication shouldn’t stop it from improving lives. It’s time to create a robust specialty medication management program to ensure that individuals have the confidence to take the medications they desperately need.
Let’s partner to unlock the full benefit of these specialty medications and improve condition management and overall quality of life.
As a company founded by pharmacists, we understand how complicated some specialty medications can be. That’s one of the reasons why our innovative approach makes us uniquely capable of leading best-in-class specialty medication management programs.
At the core of Aspen RxHealth’s ability to transform member and patient health is our nationwide network of over 7,000 clinical pharmacists. Our technology telephonically pairs the pharmacist with those in need of targeted clinical pharmacy consultations for condition management. Our mobile app allows for a simple phone call originating from our pharmacists, who already have access to patient information and clinical documentation. We have a unique opportunity for direct prescriber engagement to improve medication adherence and patient outcomes.
Address patient-specific questions
Provide medication education
Engage the prescribing provider for timely correction of identified medication interactions, contraindications, or other problems
Specialty medication management is the practice of working cross-functionally across the healthcare team to manage the health and medications of patients who take high-cost, high-complexity medications. Specialty medication management is important because as a patient takes more medications of a higher complexity, side effects and adverse drug events must be monitored and prevented to maintain the patient’s health and quality of life.
Specialty medications are medications that often come at a high cost or are highly complex. These types of medications are often used to treat chronic conditions like HIV/AIDS, cancer, or rheumatoid arthritis. These medications also often require oversight from a clinician such as a physician or pharmacist to ensure they are working properly and not causing any negative effects.
Medication adherence is important with all medications because they simply don’t work if they aren’t taken properly. However, adherence is even more important with specialty medications because of their high cost and high importance in treating serious conditions. Proper adherence is critical to ensuring that the patient gets the maximum benefit from their medications and that their conditions are being maintained as intended.
Pharmacists are different than all other clinicians in healthcare because their sole focus is medication. Where a cardiologist focuses on conditions of the heart, or a gastroenterologist focuses on digestive conditions, doesn’t it make sense for a pharmacist to focus on the entirety of a patient’s medication regimen? Pharmacist-led specialty medication management programs make sure that each patients’ regimen is monitored by the most qualified clinician possible.
A multi-drug regimen is a regimen of several medications that a patient takes to manage their health or keep their chronic conditions in check. Naturally, as the number of medications in a regimen increases, the complexity of managing that patient’s regimen increases. That’s why it’s so important for pharmacists to take the lead in specialty medication management.