Patient-First Approach to Specialty Drug Management for Rare Diseases: Relieve Economic Burden, Enhance Patient Quality of Life, Improve Outcomes

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Brandon Salke, Pharm.D., Pharmacist-in-Charge, Optime Care, article featured in Think Advisor on Feb. 16, 2022

A growing number of health insurance agents recognize the value of innovative and effective strategies to address the challenges of managing specialty drugs, which treat complex, chronic or rare conditions and require special administration or handling. Specialty pharmacies represent a reliable distribution channel for high-cost medications, offering convenience to the patient and lower costs while maximizing insurance reimbursements from companies that cover the drug.

Optime Care’s Specialty pharmacists focus on high cost, high touch therapies for patients with chronic, complex diseases. We also take a patient-first approach to cultivate a deeper relationship with patients, offering personalized information, care insights, and greater support.

This article explores the advantages of our patient-first model, which contrasts with a retail chain pharmacy where they focus more on daily quotas than comforting patients who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives. In many cases, Specialty pharmacists become almost a part of the patient’s family, listening to and sharing personal stories and developing the kind of relationships that uplift the pharmacist and the patient.