Supermarket Chain Wegmans Enters Specialty Pharmacy Services Market For IBD

Supermarket Chain Wegmans Enters Specialty Pharmacy Services Market For IBD
The 84-store supermarket chain Wegmans Food Markets is launching a Specialty Pharmacy Service this month, which will offer medications for rheumatologic, gastroenterologic, neurologic, and dermatologic conditions. Wegmans is now joining the growing list of companies offering pharmacy services. In particular, Wegman's new Specialty Pharmacy Service will cater to those suffering from chronic conditions like Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, as specialized medications are crucial for IBD patients. However, these medications are not always available in all pharmacies, and they often involve a complex treatment course and care coordination by the pharmacist, given a medication's side effects, difficulties, of management -- not to mention high costs. “Specialty medications are a demanding, but growing area of pharmacy,” explained Pharmacist Jack Coultry, Wegmans manager of managed care. “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.” Avonex, Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, Cimzia, Rebif, Betaseron, Extavia, Kineret, Xeljanz, Forteo, Copaxone, Gilenya, Simponi, and Orencia are the medications currently covered under Wegmans Specialty Pharmacy Service. The company also expects to improve adherence and health outcomes being closer to patients. “From the viewpoint of customer service and patient care, we want to be the gold standard,” stated Coultry. “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.” The Pharma.D. James DiNicolantonio, who
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