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…

Dupixent Offers Skin Relief

A new specialty pharmacy medication for atopic dermatitis gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week. This injection medication, called Dupixent® (dupilumab), was developed in concert by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi. It’s the first and only biologic medicine for treating the more difficult cases of atopic dermatitis, which is more commonly known…

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Choices

Early treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, studies show, pays off for patients in terms of long-term quality of life and a lower chance of later needing joint replacements. I can attest to this with a more personal perspective. Just yesterday I visited with my aunt who happens to have severe rheumatoid arthritis. For the past seven…

An Inside Job

Immunotherapy as a cancer treatment, which is sometimes called biologic therapy, relies on the body’s immune defenses to stop cancer cell growth and spread, as well as uses elements of the immune system to destroy cancerous cells. Last year, as I explained in the blog, Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Treatment Option, immunotherapy presents the possibility of…

Inflammation Game Changers

Guest Blog by: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Biologic medications, first introduced in the late 1990s, were a game changer for psoriasis. Biologics target elements of the immune system which otherwise lead to inflammation of the skin and/or joints. With biologics an option on the prescription pad, health care providers…