Drug Adherence Programs

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Patients with specialty conditions face unique challenges when it comes to understanding and continuing to appropriately administer and use their medications. These medication regimens tend to be more complex and often require patients to self-administer injections or adhere to special storage and handling rules for their drugs.

Since higher medication adherence rates lead to lower health care costs and better health outcomes, PBMs recognize the value in helping patients clearly understand why, how, and when to take their medications. PBMs and specialty pharmacies work with patients to deliver medications to their homes and provide targeted educational programs. These efforts continue to result in better health outcomes and overall cost savings for patients, employers, and other payers.


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Specialty pharmacies were established in direct response to the industry’s need to better procure, store, and dispense specialty drugs, as well as better manage therapy for patients on specialty drugs.

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Specialty drugs are best defined by the full range of each product’s attributes, rather than solely by cost and route of administration.

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What services do specialty pharmacies provide?

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