Autoimmune diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance require a lifelong commitment to your health and wellness. Pharmacy Advantage understands and embraces this philosophy with our designated therapy management programs. Our expertise range includes: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and Ankylosing Spondylitis.
As a flourishing specialty pharmacy, we realize the importance of helping physicians manage patients identified with multiple autoimmune conditions that require focused therapies and tailored care. It is for this reason that Pharmacy Advantage counsels all patients on proper medication use, storage requirements, adverse effects, precautions and dosing parameters.
Our compassionate team also proactively follows up to monitor therapy outcomes, assess financial assistance needs and encourage therapy adherence. Home or office delivery is provided free of charge and a 24/7 customer support line is available as an added method of safety and convenience. At Pharmacy Advantage our goal is to go above and beyond in patient care.
About Autoimmune Disorders
An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders.
Examples of autoimmune (or autoimmune-related) disorders include, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, diabetes type 1, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, Graves' disease, celiac disease.
Pharmacy Advantage is dedicated to providing hard-to-find specialty medications to patients with an autoimmune disorder or unique prescription needs. Coordinating all your medications through one pharmacy enables your pharmacist to properly monitor and identify potentially harmful side effects that may occur due to drug interactions or other health conditions.
Pharmacy Advantage services include:
- FREE DELIVERY
Have your prescriptions delivered right to your home or office for free or pick up your prescriptions at any of our pharmacy partners.
- COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE
Our pharmacists are specially trained to help manage the unique medication needs related to your condition.
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
We will work with Medicare or any other financial assistance organization to help you finance your expensive medications, when needed.
- PATIENT COUNSELING
Our pharmacist will provide information on your medications and their potential side effects, and answer any questions you may have.
- MORE MEDICATIONS IN STOCK
We carry a wide variety of medications to cover all your needs, including hard-to-find drugs that may not be routinely in stock at other pharmacies.
- PRESCRIPTION INSURANCE BILLING
We help coordinate coverage for your prescriptions through your insurance program and accept nearly any insurance carrier or government program.
Learn More About Autoimmune Disorders
Symptoms of Autoimmune Disorders
Sometimes the signs and symptoms of an immune deficiency are so severe, or so characteristic, that the diagnosis is obvious. In most cases, it is not clear if a long string of illnesses are just "ordinary" infections, or if they are the result of an immunodeficiency. An autoimmune disorder may result in the destruction of one or more types of body tissue, abnormal growth of an organ, and changes in organ function. The most common problem in immune deficiency is an increased susceptibility to infection. For people with immune deficiency, infections may be common, severe, lasting, or hard to cure.
Symptoms of an autoimmune disease vary widely and depend on the specific disease. A group of very nonspecific symptoms often accompany autoimmune diseases, and may include:
- General ill-feeling
- Low-grade fever
Causes of Autoimmune Disorders
Normally the immune system's army of white blood cells helps protect the body from harmful substances, called antigens. Examples of antigens include bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and foreign blood or tissues from another person or species. The immune system produces antibodies that destroy these harmful substances.
But in patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can't tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. The response is a hypersensitivity reaction similar to allergies, where the immune system reacts to a substance that it normally would ignore. In allergies, the immune system reacts to an external substance that would normally be harmless. With autoimmune disorders, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues.
What causes the immune system to no longer distinguish between healthy body tissues and antigens is unknown. One theory holds that various microorganisms and drugs may trigger some of these changes, particularly in persons who are genetically prone to autoimmune disorders.