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…

Post-Treatment Financial Hardship

Cancer treatment brings many stresses to a patient and their family, not least of which is financial. Prior research has documented the monetary challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, including the fact that someone with cancer is 2.5 times more likely than another person from the general population to file for bankruptcy. In fact,…

Infusion Confusion?

For patients with Crohn’s disease, finding out that a recommended treatment could include infusions of biologic medications can bring up a lot of questions. Let’s answer some of those here. Infusion medications are prescribed for some patients to help keep the Crohn’s disease in remission. For most situations, getting an infusion involves going to an…

Eat to Calm Psoriasis

Most people with psoriasis will have some degree of symptoms for life. But this doesn’t mean that improvement can’t happen. Medications help keep this skin disease under control and combining medication with certain dietary choices can also have a positive effect on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (which is a joint condition related to the…

Hepatitis C: A Look Back in a Big Year

As we get our bearings at the start of 2019, it’s worth a moment to look back on 2018 and note the many significant developments in the world of hepatitis C. With today’s medications offering a real chance at a cure for most hepatitis C cases, it’s disappointing that there are still more than 2…

The Generic Side of MS Treatment

At the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week, there was not only talk in many of the meetings about new pharmaceuticals coming to market for many health conditions, but I also heard buzz about the impact generics will have on cost savings this coming year for a variety of diseases….

2019 Looks Brighter for MS

Welcome to 2019: a year that holds some exciting developments for multiple sclerosis medication choices. There are a number of new medications which have reached the late stage of product development and testing; this means at least a few of these should become available this year. Currently, there are nine key medications that are FDA…

Put Down the Salt Shaker!

Multiple sclerosis is a complex autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which develops when the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells is attacked by the body’s own immune system. These nerve cells, when stripped of myelin, no longer function properly and symptoms such as numbness, difficulty walking, slurred speech, and vision loss develop. New…

For Those with Psoriasis…How’s Your Liver?

When you think of psoriasis, you probably think about the skin. It is true that this disease primarily causes skin symptoms – that of itchy or sore patches of thick, reddened skin covered with silvery scales. However, psoriasis has also now been linked to a higher risk of a liver ailment known as nonalcoholic fatty…

Hit Pause on Student Loans

Financial issues create significant problems for many cancer patients, yet the impact of this can often be overlooked. It’s a heartbreaking situation when finances interfere with treatment access. This situation cuts across all demographic lines, even in young people starting their careers. More than 70,000 adults (ages 15-39) get a cancer diagnosis each year. For…

Steering Away From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Painful, swollen joints are the calling card of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which afflicts nearly 1.3 million Americans. This disease develops when the immune system mistakenly targets and damages the linings of joints. Long before the classic symptoms of joint pain and swelling develop, it seems likely that early symptoms occur, which are often overlooked. A…

Hepatitis C Cost Cutting

Cure a life-threatening disease at a fraction of the cost – sounds like a great offer, right? The new generation of hepatitis C medications have been a blessing, since they cure more than 90% of patients, but these medications do come at a high price point. Generally it costs more than $50,000 per patient to…

A Time of Thankfulness

At BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy we pride ourselves on working as a team to go the extra mile in our work as a specialty pharmacy. Our mission is to service our patients and work with doctor offices in a way that always makes each interaction both easy and fast. We view ourselves not as simply delivering…

Breathe Easy

Asthma strikes one in every 12 people, which is about 8% of the population. And the numbers are on the rise. The airway swelling of this condition can be triggered by allergens or environmental irritants, leading to potentially life-threatening symptoms of trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. There is no cure, although there are…

Trick or Treat Guide to MS

Halloween is just around the corner and sugary treats are everywhere. When it comes to multiple sclerosis, though, sugar can be a tricky subject. Overall, sticking with a healthy diet can pay off health-wise for those with multiple sclerosis. Poor food choices can contribute to excess inflammation in the body, which worsens MS progression, as…

Understanding NAFLD and NASH

Guest blog by: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., CSP As a specialty pharmacy that works with many patients during treatment for liver diseases, it’s not surprising that questions about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) come up in our line of work. Although hepatitis C is our primary liver focus, both hepatitis C and NAFLD rank as the…

Mediterranean Diet for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer, as with any cancer, develops for complex reasons. One of the contributing factors in breast cancer traces back to diet. As with the microbiome found in the gut, breast tissue also is affected by the foods one eats. Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina have been exploring this diet-breast…

Flu Shots Important for Cancer Patients

Last month I shared in this blog how important flu shots can be for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis, since protecting against influenza each year keeps people with rheumatoid arthritis healthier and reduces the number of flu-related deaths in that population. Today I want to share a similar message for anyone who has (or even previously…