Relief for Post-Shingles Pain

The painful rash and blistering scabs of shingles cause a huge amount of discomfort in the United States. Nearly 1 in 3 people will get this painful condition in their lifetime and each year there’s an estimated 1 million cases of shingles. Shingles, which is also called herpes zoster, can develop in anyone who previously…

Can You Make a Fist?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be a tricky disease to diagnose – but there might be a new tool for clinicians to rely on: fist strength. More on that later, but first, let’s take a look at why diagnosis is so tough. RA tends to mimic other inflammatory conditions, especially in the early stages. To add…

Body Weight & Psoriasis

Prescription medications for psoriasis offer patients a better chance than ever before for significant skin clearance of the red, white, or silvery patches on their skin (as well as other potential symptoms, such as itching, nail changes, or cracking skin). There’s never been a better chance than there currently is for so many patients to…

Taltz: The Good News Keeps Coming

Taltz (ixekizumab, Eli Lilly), a biologic injection medication for psoriasis, shows a high level of effectiveness and the latest research demonstrates that the clear-skin response which so many patients benefit from when they use Taltz keeps up for at least four years after starting treatment. Taltz first became available in 2016 for moderate to severe…

Opening the Door

Cancer treatments offer a better chance than ever before for an extended life or even a cure. However, none of that means much for a patient who can’t afford treatment. The Patient Financial Assistance department at BioPlus specializes in helping patients overcome this obstacle by connecting patients with financial resources and accessing foundation grants and…

Shout Out to Oncology Nurses

May is Oncology Nursing Month, which means that it’s the perfect time to recognize the hard work of oncology nurses. Oncology nurses spend time with patients throughout the entire process: from explaining a new diagnosis, guiding patients through what to expect with treatment, and sharing in victories or providing compassion during dark times.   The…

Cancer Treatment Slowdowns

Prior authorizations can present one of the biggest obstacles to patients diagnosed with cancer. This conclusion emerged in recent discussions among experts from three groups: the American Medical Association, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. These experts gathered together to examine prior authorization practices and a key finding…

The Generics Have Arrived

For headaches and run-of-the-mill aches and pains, patients have become accustomed to generic over-the-counter medications found in the aisles of any pharmacy. Increasingly, patients are also finding generic choices when it comes to prescription oncology medications. In fact, reports show that generics are growing at twice the rate of the overall oncology market. Generic oncology…

Patients, Not Charts

BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy runs our specialty pharmacy with a personal touch. It’s a perk that the physician offices who choose us particularly appreciate. Recently, one of our Gastroenterology offices praised our extra effort, which helps illustrate BioPlus’ unique way of doing business. Here’s what happened: One of the providers in this office was already exclusively…

Psoriasis: Selecting the Right Treatment

Psoriasis continues to be a common skin condition, affecting 8 million Americans (which is about 2-3% of the population). Each year, about 150,000 new people hear the diagnosis of “psoriasis” from their doctors; after which they will then navigate a long list of treatment options. Although many patients start out with topical treatments, it’s not…

BioPlus Appeals Team: Changing “No” to “Yes!”

Do you have patients with insurance denials? Here at BioPlus we regularly transform those “no’s” into happy patients and doctors. Our dedicated appeals team steps in to do the heavy lifting of insurance appeals for doctor offices. Letting you get back to what you do best: treating patients, instead of being bogged down in back-and-forth…

Crohn’s Disease: Early is Key

For many people with Crohn’s disease, it can be a long road from the first time symptoms appear to receiving the correct diagnosis. This disease can be a bit of a mimic – with symptoms that can be mistaken for other conditions. The autoimmune-related GI inflammation of Crohn’s disease can affect different parts of the…

Missed Opportunities

By now, most Baby Boomers have probably heard the message from health experts urging them to get screened for hepatitis C infection. This demographic – born between 1945 and 1965 – have long been identified as the group at highest risk of this life-threatening disease. However, switching from a birth cohort screening to a one-time…

One in a Million? No Thanks!

Multiple sclerosis is a serious health condition faced by too many Americans. Experts recently realized that previous estimates of this disease’s prevalence were inaccurate – by a shocking amount. Multiple sclerosis is now estimated to affect 1 million people in the United States, which is nearly double the prior estimate. What changed? It’s not actually…

Serving Up Success

Immunotherapy as cancer treatment harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. This continues to be a cutting edge area of cancer research, with plenty of success stories, including immunotherapy medications such as Keytruda, Opdivo, and Tecentriq. These medications do not have the exact same effectiveness in every patient, of course….

Yoga Relief

Rheumatoid arthritis medications have come a long way in aiding those with this autoimmune joint-based condition, but they are not perfect and many patients continue to experience symptoms – even while on treatment. Regular practice of yoga exercises just might be able to fill in the gaps in terms of physical and psychological symptom relief….

Hearty News About Psoriasis

The skin condition psoriasis has a well-known connection to heart health. Unfortunately, the inflammation that underlies the skin-level manifestation of psoriasis also affects areas deep within the body: including the arteries leading out of the heart. This is why people with psoriasis have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, those with…

Diving Into Hepatitis C Genotypes

The term ‘hepatitis C’ is often discussed as if it’s one disease. However, the situation is a bit more complicated, with there being six main genotypes of hepatitis C. These are numerically labeled genotypes 1-6. The HCV testing process for patients generally starts with two main diagnostic tests: the Hepatitis C Antibody Test which notes…