Saying Goodbye to Hepatitis C by 2030

Once again, we’re approaching the annual World Hepatitis Day that occurs each year on July 28th. The theme this year, “Find the Missing Millions,” reminds all of us that there continues to be 300 million people living with viral hepatitis worldwide who do not yet know that there’s a deadly disease in their blood. Getting…

Eat Right for Crohn’s Relief

Crohn’s disease, along with a similar condition called ulcerative colitis, together make up the disease category of inflammatory bowel disease. Approximately 1.6 million Americans have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases, with each year another 70,000 cases in the U.S. getting the news of this digestive complaint. Newly diagnosed Crohn’s disease patients – as well…

Breast Cancer Shouldn’t Come with Debt Collectors

The financial challenges that follow a breast cancer diagnosis can weigh heavily on a patient (and their family). Research confirms – that even more so than other cancers – breast cancer comes with considerable economic burden. These financial costs include the patient’s out-of-pocket portion for initial treatment, as well as management of treatment side effects….

Keytruda: The Good News Keeps Coming

Immunotherapy medications for cancer treatment have been a game changer for the oncology field – and none moreso than Keytruda (pembrolizumab). Keytruda initially gained FDA approval in 2014 for melanoma, with the cancer approvals expanded over the years to include advanced and metastatic cancers such as non-small cell lung cancer, head/neck cancers, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stomach…

Walking Toward Cancer Survival

Observing the gait and walking pace of a cancer patient can serve as a sort of shorthand to assess overall patient health and even the chances of optimal treatment outcome. About a decade ago, researchers found that gait speed could be used in a general way to predict which patients might have greater challenges recovering…

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…