Hepatitis is an infection of the liver, often caused by a virus. The liver is an important organ that serves to process nutrients, filter the blood, and fight infection. Millions of Americans face chronic hepatitis infections, the most common being hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. While hepatitis A typically lasts for several weeks to several months, hepatitis B & hepatitis C can develop into chronic, life-long infections. Both hepatitis B and hepatitis C can cause similar symptoms but affect the liver differently. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, joint pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, and jaundice. Most patients recover from a hepatitis A infection without damage to the liver but hepatitis B and hepatitis C can cause a range of chronic conditions like cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer. Hepatitis C treatments typically involve 8-12 weeks of medication and cure over 90% of patients, but is the leading cause of liver transplants and liver cancer. Though hepatitis C is curable, it can sometimes be a life-long illness.
How Specialty Pharmacies Help Hepatitis Patients
Specialty pharmacies are equipped to help prevent, treat, and cure chronic hepatitis infections. After an initial consultation with patients to explain the protocols and timeline for a treatment plan, specialty pharmacists offer personalized support and 24-hour counseling for the duration of treatment. Services like free home delivery, education on how to use specialty medications, and phone reminders to help coordinate care and improve medication adherence lead to more successful treatment outcomes. When it comes to treating hepatitis C, early intervention and medication adherence are key to preventing long-term complications. Specialty pharmacies, like PFSP, have compassionate, understanding professionals experienced with specialty medications who can decrease turnaround time for patients, and help lower the overall cost of care, leading to fewer treatment interruptions and higher medication adherence.
Managing the Cost of Medication
Specialty medications, like those used to treat hepatitis C, can be expensive and specialty pharmacies have the support staff to help lower medication cost and make treatment more affordable. Specialty pharmacies employ a team of experts to work directly with patients and prescribers from the beginning of treatment to identify a patient’s insurance coverage and get the most out of their benefits. Specialty pharmacies knowledgable staff can identify financial assistance programs, manufacturer assistance programs, co-pay assistance, and nonprofit foundations to help patients better afford treatment.
PFSP Extensive Support For Patients
Millions of Americans live with chronic hepatitis infections and having a team on your side to provide support is necessary to improve your health and quality of life. At PFSP Specialty Pharmacy, that is exactly what you will receive. We understand the unique challenges of living with hepatitis and are here to help manage medications and mitigate side effects. Our team of experts extend extra education, explain the best short-term and long-term goals for treatment, and assist in financial support. Our team will be by your side every step of the way to help manage prescriptions and optimize your health for the best possible outcomes.
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.