Neurological disorders affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout the human body and spinal cord, resulting in a wide range of physical or psychological symptoms. These conditions can include multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), migraines, epilepsy/seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and strokes. Because neurological disorders affect areas that control movement, communication, vision, hearing, and thinking, patients sometimes feel as if they have no control over their bodies. Symptoms may include muscle weakness, poor coordination, loss of sensation, paralysis, seizures, confusion, or pain. Additionally, many conditions require life-long management and support. The cause of neurological disorders varies, but can include genetic disorders, congenital abnormalities, infections, brain injury, spinal cord injury, or health problems like malnutrition.
How Specialty Pharmacy Helps Neurology Patients
Specialty Pharmacies like PFSP have extensive experience treating conditions of the nervous system. Specialty pharmacies work directly with the prescriber and patient to create a detailed, personalized treatment plan with guidance and education to support patients throughout the treatment process. Many treatments for neurological disorders come with strict protocols. By helping to navigate treatment protocols, manage side effects, and avoid drug interactions, specialty pharmacies improve medication adherence, leading to fewer relapses. With 24-hour communication, health status assessments, and therapy management programs, specialty pharmacies can improve patients’ health and empower them to live each day to its fullest.
Specialty Medications & Limited Distribution Drugs
Specialty medications are prescription drugs used to treat complex, chronic conditions that require special handling, administration, and monitoring. Some specialty medications have special storage requirements or dosage instructions. Specialty pharmacies may have access to Limited Distribution Drugs (LDDs), which are therapies only available to a small number of pharmacies having the highest standards for clinical excellence, patient education, treatment monitoring, and customer support. Specialty pharmacies offer education and guidance for specialty medication with strict protocols or administration, like injectables. Specialty pharmacies maintain strong relationships with prescribers and practice strong data quality management to ensure patients get the best treatment they can. Special accreditation also assures patients, manufacturers, and purchasers that the pharmacy’s network and facilities meet professional qualifications and have gone through a rigorous accreditation process.
Though it can be challenging to obtain the right medications to treat neurological disorders and other rare diseases, specialty pharmacies’ access to specialty medications and LDDs give patients better treatment options to produce fewer side effects and less frequent relapses- helping patients move towards normalcy and greater quality of life.
PFSP Specialty Pharmacy provides patients and their physicians an exceptionally high standard of care with our growing team of specialized pharmacists and staff. Our dedicated team of pharmacists focus on improving adherence for patients and work to find an approach that works best for them. Bringing a fresh take on what a Specialty Pharmacy can and should be, we are committed to the care of our patients. We take pride in being an ethical resource within our community and strive each day to help our patients live enriching and full lives.