The pharmacies at Wegmans Food Markets in Downingtown, Malvern and now King of Prussia have entered the demanding but growing specialty pharmacy arena and are now offering enhanced specialty medicines to treat rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology and dermatology conditions.
Specialty pharmacy medications can produce dramatic improvements for many people with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis. However, the medications are not readily available at all pharmacies and they require a higher level of care coordination by pharmacists.
“Specialty medication are a demanding, but growing area of pharmacy,” said pharmacist Jack Coultry, Wegman’s managed care manager. “Health outcomes can be improved through close contact with the prescribing physician and additional counseling by the pharmacist. Adding this enhanced care model for those customers who need it is a natural next step for us.”
Fifteen medications are currently covered by the Wegmans Specialty Pharmacy Service: Avonex, Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, Cimzia, Rebif, Betaseron, Extavia, Kineret, Zeljanz, Forteo, Copaxone, Gilenya, Simponi and Orencia. Wegmans also offers free home shipping for these and all prescription refills.
“From the viewpoint of customer service and patient care, we want to be the gold standard,” Coultry said. “We want all of our customers, including those who are taking a specialty medication, to maximize whatever potential their medication may hold to improve their health and well being.”