Pharmacy Advantage

Pharmacy Advantage

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Saturday: 8am - 4pm (EST)
Closed: Sunday & National Holidays
Phone: (800) 456-2112
After hours on–call services available

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Conditions / Psoriasis

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.

About The Disease

Also known as plaque psoriasis, psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Many people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. In about one-third of the cases, there is a family history of psoriasis.

People with psoriasis may notice that there are times when their skin worsens, then improves. Conditions that may cause flare-ups include infections, stress and changes in climate that dry the skin. Also, certain medicines such as lithium and beta blockers may trigger an outbreak or worsen the disease.

Symptoms of the Disease

In its typical form, psoriasis results in patches of thick, red (inflamed) skin covered with silvery scales. These patches, which are sometimes referred to as plaques, usually itch or feel sore. They most often occur on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet, but they can occur on skin anywhere on the body.

The disease may also affect the fingernails, the toenails, and the soft tissues of the genitals and inside the mouth. While it is not unusual for the skin around affected joints to crack, approximately 1 million people with psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis.

Source: National Institutes of Health

Causes of the Disease

Psoriasis is a skin disorder driven by the immune system that involves a type of white blood cell called a T cell. Normally, T cells help protect the body against infection and disease. In the case of psoriasis, T cells are put into action by mistake and become so active that they trigger other immune responses, which lead to inflammation and to rapid turnover of skin cells.

In about one-third of the cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Researchers have studied a large number of families affected by psoriasis and identified genes linked to the disease. (Genes govern every bodily function and determine the inherited traits passed from parent to child.) People with psoriasis may notice that there are times when their skin worsens, then improves. Conditions that may cause flare-ups include infections, stress, and changes in climate that dry the skin. Also, certain medicines, including lithium which may be used for manic-depressive illness or other conditions and beta blockers, which are prescribed for high blood pressure or other heart conditions, may trigger an outbreak or worsen the disease.

Source: National Institutes of Health

Psoriasis Treatment and Medications

Doctors generally treat psoriasis in steps based on the severity of the disease, size of the areas involved, type of psoriasis, and the patient's response to initial treatments. This is sometimes called the "1-2-3" approach. In step 1, medicines are applied to the skin (topical treatment). Step 2 uses light treatments (phototherapy). Step 3 involves taking medicines by mouth or injection that treat the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).

Over time, affected skin can become resistant to treatment, especially when topical corticosteroids are used. Also, a treatment that works very well in one person may have little effect in another. Thus, doctors often use a trial-and-error approach to find a treatment that works, and they may switch treatments periodically (for example, every 12 to 24 months) if a treatment does not work or if adverse reactions occur.

Treatments applied directly to the skin may help improve the symptoms of psoriasis. Some patients respond well to ointment or cream forms of corticosteroids, vitamin D3, retinoids, coal tar, or anthralin. Bath solutions and moisturizers may be soothing, but they are seldom strong enough to improve the condition of the skin and reverse the symptoms of psoriasis. Therefore, they usually are combined with stronger remedies. Natural ultraviolet light from the sun and controlled delivery of artificial ultraviolet light are also used in treating psoriasis.

For more severe forms of psoriasis, doctors sometimes prescribe medicines that are taken internally by pill or injection and affect the immune system. This is called systemic treatment. Recently, there has been more focus and use of certain biologic injectable medications (alefacept, efalizumab, and etanercept) in people with more severe cases of psoriasis. These medications are made from proteins produced by living cells instead of chemicals and interfere with specific immune system processes involved in the inflammatory processes of psoriasis.

There are many approaches for treating psoriasis. Combining various topical, light, and systemic treatments often permits lower doses of each and can result in increased effectiveness. Therefore, doctors are paying more attention to combination therapy.

Source: National Institutes of Health

Biologic Response Modifiers ("Biologics")

www.Amevive.com

www.Enbrel.com

www.Humira.com

www.Remicade.com

www.Stelara.com

The information on this site is intended to provide useful health and wellness information and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical advice from a qualified physician. If you are having health issues and concerns, contact a licensed physician or healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. For questions or concerns regarding your medications please contact your Pharmacy Advantage pharmacist.

Biologic Response Modifiers ("Biologics")

www.Amevive.com

www.Enbrel.com

www.Humira.com

www.Remicade.com

www.Stelara.com

The information on this site is intended to provide useful health and wellness information and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical advice from a qualified physician. If you are having health issues and concerns, contact a licensed physician or healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. For questions or concerns regarding your medications please contact your Pharmacy Advantage pharmacist.

Patient Enrollment Form

Use the online Enrollment Form to order your prescriptions from Pharmacy Advantage and enroll in our Mail Order program. Mail your original prescriptions to:
Pharmacy Advantage Corporate HQ
Attn: New Member Enrollment
735 John R Road, Suite 150
Troy, MI 48083

 

The information on this site is intended to provide useful health and wellness information and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical advice from a qualified physician. If you are having health issues and concerns, contact a licensed physician or healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. For questions or concerns regarding your medications please contact your Pharmacy Advantage pharmacist.

Physician Order Form

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Prior Authorization Form

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The information on this site is intended to provide useful health and wellness information and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical advice from a qualified physician. If you are having health issues and concerns, contact a licensed physician or healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. For questions or concerns regarding your medications please contact your Pharmacy Advantage pharmacist.

Injection Training Videos for Autoimmune Disorders

Knowing how to properly administer your injectable medication is a big part of your therapy success. Click on your medication below to see an injection training video. Please note videos will open in another window.

Enbrel

Humira

Stelara

The information on this site is intended to provide useful health and wellness information and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical advice from a qualified physician. If you are having health issues and concerns, contact a licensed physician or healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. For questions or concerns regarding your medications please contact your Pharmacy Advantage pharmacist.

Support Groups and Resource Links

Financial Assistance

The staff at Pharmacy Advantage understands that prescription drugs can be expensive, especially for specialty medications. We are committed to helping our patients find ways to get the specialty medications they need, at prices they can manage. Pharmacy Advantage is dedicated to finding patient funding whenever possible in order to eliminate interruptions in therapy due to concerns over drug costs.

There are patient assistance programs for people who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Have insurance with a high co-pay
  • Incur a high deductible
  • Have Medicare or are eligible for Medicare
  • Have no prescription drug coverage and live on a limited income
  • Have lost their job

Many of our patients are currently enrolled in a co-pay assistance program and our clinical staff members would like to assist them in finding the program that best fits their needs. In order to receive assistance each program does have certain criteria that need to be met. The clinical staff at Pharmacy Advantage is happy to work with you in order to assist in completing the necessary steps.

If they are not currently enrolled and would like to discuss their options, please contact the clinical department at 1-800-456-2112 extension 5, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Programs from Psoriasis Drug Manufacturers

The following is a list of some drug manufacturers that offer financial assistance programs for people living with Psoriasis who cannot afford to buy the medications they have been prescribed. You are encouraged to call these manufacturers directly for more information on these programs. If you need financial assistance for a drug not listed here, please contact one of our pharmacists.

Drug Name Manufacturer Telephone Number and website information:

Drug Name Manufacturer Phone Number Website
Amevive Biogen 1-866-263-8483 Amevive.com
Enbrel Amgen 1-800-282-7752 Enbrel.com
Humira Abbott 1-800-222-6885 Humira.com
Remicade Centocor 1-888-222-3771 Remicade.com
Stelara Janssen 1-877-783-5272 StelaraInfo.com

The information on this site is intended to provide useful health and wellness information and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical advice from a qualified physician. If you are having health issues and concerns, contact a licensed physician or healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment. For questions or concerns regarding your medications please contact your Pharmacy Advantage pharmacist.