Flu Shot Importance: Now More Than Ever

Getting vaccinated against influenza has never been more important. Public health officials recommend flu vaccines for everyone 6 months or older with only a few exceptions. This even holds true for cancer patients. Flu shots benefit those getting treated for cancer in the obvious way: that is, they are much less likely to get the…

Pharmacists: A Key Player for Happier Patients

It’s never much fun to face a serious health condition, but having a pharmacist in direct communication with a patient makes things less stressful for patients. In fact, patient access to pharmacists who provide personal education and answers about newly prescribed medications are a key to higher levels of patient satisfaction, according new research presented…

Breast Cancer Biosimilar

Biosimilar medications are less expensive versions of already approved biologic medications used for cancer, autoimmune, and other diseases. Although there can be some confusion by the public, biosimilars are actually different than generic versions of a brand-name drug. Biosimilars are similar, but not identical, to the original medications. Since 2015, the FDA has approved 14…

Generics in Oncology: Better Patient Adherence

The improved availability and access to generic oncology medications means that effective, affordable treatment has never been more accessible to your oncology patients. Generic oncology medications offer the same pharmacological effects at a more modest cost. In fact, the price for a generic version of a medication – according to a study of all medications,…

Ring in the New Year, But Not Every Night

When it comes to cancer risk, there is no safe amount of alcohol intake. In fact, even moderate drinking – which means 1-2 drinks each day – over a number of years increases the overall cancer risk by 5%. This is important information for the general public to know, particularly for those already at increased…

Older Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Sometimes Overlooked

More than 1.5 million U.S. adults experience the swollen joints and pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis can include medications ranging from over-the-counter painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as Xeljanz and biologics such as Humira and Remicade. In the past, it was common for a healthcare…

Who’s Caring for the Caregivers?

As a specialty pharmacy helping patients get treatment for cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic conditions, it’s clear to us that the treatment process affects more than just the patient. Each patient is connected to family members and other loved ones who are deeply invested in the outcome, as well as potentially serving…

Skin in the Game

With November being Healthy Skin Month, it’s the perfect time to give some extra attention to issues facing those with psoriasis. There are nearly 7.5 million Americans living with the dry, scaly, painful patches of skin typical of psoriasis. The most likely areas affected by psoriasis include skin around joints, face, neck, trunk, arms, hands,…

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, serving as a time to raise awareness about this disease. Every 3.3 minutes someone in the United States dies of lung cancer; minute by minute adding up to 433 lung cancer deaths each day. This makes lung cancer the leading cause of cancer death in this country. Yet this…

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy was thrilled to step up and sponsor the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event this year on October 26, 2019 at Lake Eola Park, Orlando. In addition to the BioPlus team walking the route, BioPlus held several pre-walk day fundraisers to get the fundraising off on the right foot. The American Cancer…

It’s Always the Right Time to be Prepared

Each year, on National ‘Check Your Meds’ day, pharmacists urge patients to review their medications – with their pharmacist’s guidance – to make sure all are still needed and remove any which have expired. This year, that day was on October 21st. But it’s never too late to keep your medications up to date. It’s…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Dissatisfaction

It’s a good week to think about joint health, since we’re in the middle of Bone and Joint Action Week (October 12-20). One-third of adults need medical care for a joint/bone condition every year, and the numbers are only going up. In fact, joint or bone conditions rank as the most likely cause of a…

Cancer Silver Lining

For patients living with cancer (and even for their health care providers working day in and day out in the cancer field), sometimes it can be hard to find positivity. If you’re looking for a little bright spot about cancer, here’s something to keep in mind: current research suggests that older people who have survived…

Time Matters: From Diagnosis to Treatment

Each October brings an important time, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with it comes vital messages about screenings for breast cancer, along with education about risk factors and symptoms. One issue that doesn’t always get enough discussion is what happens right after a diagnosis. In fact, the timeliness of care delivery after diagnosis is an…

HCV Cure: Next Steps

Hepatitis C now ranks among the diseases that can nearly always be cured with appropriate treatment, which comes as a huge change compared to just a decade ago. However, after successfully treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with direct-acting antiviral medications, there are still some things patients and their health care providers should keep in…

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is prostate cancer awareness month, a disease that affects the lives of more than 3 million men every year across the globe. In the United States, one in nine men will learn of their diagnosis of prostate cancer in their lifetime, making this the second most common cancer in American men. Prostate cancer survival…

Food Allergy Links to MS

Multiple sclerosis, a complex autoimmune disease, appears to have several interesting diet connections. Food choices, of course, do not directly cause multiple sclerosis. MS results from a poorly understood combination of genetics and environmental factors. Age, gender, family history, certain infections, race, climate, smoking, weight, and a history of other autoimmune diseases all factor into…

Skyrizi’s Rise

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment option for psoriasis patients earlier this year: AbbVie’s Skyrizi (risankizumab-rzaa). This medication, which is used as a subcutaneous injection, gained this approval after a series of studies showed a high rate of skin clearance in adults with severe plaque psoriasis using Skyrizi. Ready for even…