Specialty Pharmacy Times: March/April 2014

From the Chairman
Patient and Product Security: It's the New Law
The editor-in-chief of Specialty Pharmacy Times discusses the requirements of the new national pharmaceutical serialization and track and trace program.
Specialty Pharmacy Nursing
Hands-on Care in the Home Setting
Successful at-home administration of specialty medications requires extensive preparation and constant assessment of the patient's response by the specialty therapy nurse.
New Product Pipeline
Specialty Pipeline Highlights
Therapies for hepatitis C, cancer, and orphan conditions are among the specialty drugs expected to receive approval in 2014.
Specialty Pharmacies: Meeting Payer Needs in an Evolving Market
With the continued growth of the specialty pharmacy market, payers are employing an increasing number of cost and utilization management strategies to ensure proper use of specialty medications. Collaboration between specialty pharmacies and payers is essential.
HIV-Positive Patients with Comorbidities Benefit from Personalized, Pharmacist-Led Care
HIV-specialized pharmacies meet the complex needs of HIV-positive patients, helping to provide comprehensive patient care and improve medication adherence to both anti-retroviral therapies and non-HIV medications.
Biosimilars: Where Are They Now?
Although biosimilars may be years away from their US debut, now is the time for pharmacists to educate themselves on this new class of agents so that they will be prepared to provide support for their appropriate use.
Specialty Pharmacies: A Focus on Medication Safety
Consistent attention to processes is vital to the practice of specialty pharmacy, with medication safety procedures playing a key role in the mitigation and reduction of adverse events.
Specialty Pharmacy Trends Call for Innovation
Specialty pharmacies serve as a hub of services for all stakeholders, offering comprehensive support programs for patients and data-driven clinical intelligence for providers and payers.
Clinical Insights
Trypanophobia: Helping Patients Deal with Fear of Needles
Needle phobia can significantly affect the well-being of patients who are serviced by specialty pharmacies, but techniques can be employed to help mitigate its impact.
New Drug Review
Kcentra by CSL Behring
Kcentra is the first nonactivated 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate for the urgent reversal of acquired coagulation deficiency induced by vitamin K antagonist therapy.
Disease State Management
Biosimilars News

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