At Realo Specialty Care Pharmacy we have the capabilities of taking care of all your pharmacy needs not just your specialty medication. Our excellent nursing capabilities, certified specialty pharmacists, and community consultants make up your personalized pharmacy team that offers care centered around you, your caregiver and physician. We will work with you and your family to ensure you are well prepared to stay active in your life. You will have access to a pharmacist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to find a solution to any question you may have.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that most frequently affects the joints. It affects the lining of the joints, which can cause painful swelling and lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. Symptoms can include morning stiffness, tender, warm, and swollen joints, bumps of tissue under the skin, and fatigue, fever, and weight loss. It may also affect other parts of the body such as the skin, eyes, and blood vessels. This disorder is most common in women and typically occurs after age 40. It occurs when the patient’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, eventually leading to inflammation and swelling. The reason for this is unknown, but may be genetic.
Oral and topical medications are available to reduce pain and inflammation. A newer group of biologic injectable medicines can slow down disease progression by targeting the immune system directly and interfering with the inflammatory process.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that occurs when skin cells grow too fast causing thickening of the skin. This results in an itchy scaly rash. These scales may be white or silvery in appearance. Other symptoms may include dryness, burning, soreness, pain, and changes in nail shape and color. It can occur anywhere on the body and can range in severity. Psoriasis is a chronic condition in which symptoms can alternate between periods of relief and flare-ups. The cause of this condition isn’t fully understood, but is believed to be related to the immune system. There is currently no cure for psoriasis.
The goal of treatment is to slow down the growth of skin cells and to provide relief from symptoms. Mild to moderate psoriasis can be treated with topical agents. For moderate to severe psoriasis, an oral agent may be added to topical therapies. For all patients, it is also important to keep the skin hydrated by using moisturizers such as petroleum jelly, thick creams, or ointments. Newer oral agents and biologic injectable medications are available if patients are unresponsive to traditional therapies. These medications work by interfering with the inflammatory processes that cause symptoms of psoriasis.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective lining of the nerves. The damaged nerve lining interrupts communication between the brain and the body. The nerves themselves may also become irreversibly damaged. Signs and symptoms will vary in severity depending on the location of the affected nerve fibers. Common symptoms include numbness, weakness, tingling or pain, tremors, fatigue, dizziness, and vision loss. For most patients symptoms develop over a period of time and then improve partially or completely.
Medications and physical therapy can help relieve symptoms, speed up recovery from attacks, and affect disease progression. Certain medications may even reduce relapse rate and slow down the progression of the disease. These include both biologic injectable medicines and newer oral agents. These work by limiting the destruction of the nerve lining by the immune system.
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease with ranging severity. The exact cause of the disease is unknown. This condition may affect any part of the digestive tract. Common symptoms are fatigue, prolonged diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, bloody stools, and mouth sores. Symptoms may be present for many years prior to the diagnosis of the disease. No cure exists currently; however, treatment can greatly reduce symptoms and even result in prolonged disease remission.
Mild to moderate Crohn’s Disease may be able to be treated with oral medications. In many patients, oral medications are not enough to control their symptoms, have undesirable side effects, and/or have a delay to response to therapy. For these patients, and others with moderate to severe Crohn’s Disease, treatment with biologic medications may be warranted to control their symptoms and achieve remission. The biologic medications work by reducing the inflammatory immune response that causes the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is typically a sexually transmitted infection. It can spread through contact with infected blood and certain bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. HIV attacks the cells in the immune system that protect against infection. Without treatment, over time the virus continues to multiply and attack immune system cells and lead to the development of AIDS. AIDS severely weakens the immune system leading to infections and even death. Signs and symptoms will vary depending on the stage of the infection. Most patients develop flu like symptoms within a month after being infected. Possible signs and symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, rash, chills, sore throat, night sweats, and diarrhea.
There are many medications available that can slow disease progression and reduce risk of infections. Patients need to take a combination of these medications on a consistent basis to prevent development of resistance. These antiviral medications work by slowing or preventing the virus from multiplying.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus. This virus causes inflammation of the liver and may affect the liver’s ability to work properly. Hepatitis C can range from mild illness to a serious lifelong illness. If left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause health problems such as liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and cancer.
There has been much improvement in Hepatitis C treatments over the recent years. Current treatments can involve 8-12 weeks of oral therapy (pills) and cure approximately 90% of people with minimal side effects. The complete list of FDA approved medications for treatments of Hepatitis C are enclosed below.
Most bleeding disorders are commonly diagnosed at birth but may occur at any age. They may be inherited or result from changes in genes in charge of clotting factors that help blood form clots. The different types of bleeding disorders consist of hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency), hemophilia B (factor IX deficiency), von Willebrand disease, and rare factor deficiencies (I, II, V, X, XI, XII, and XIII). In patients with bleeding disorders, their body is not able to form proper clots. Due to this deficiency in formation, blood clotting is affected. This results in a bleeding disorder, ranging from mild to severe. When a clot is unable to stop a bleed, there is higher risk of too much bleeding and blood loss which may lead to serious health problems. These disorders have no cure and are lifelong.
Although there is no cure for bleeding disorders, there are options to manage and treat these conditions depending on their severity. Mainstay of treatment is to give patients regular doses of clotting factor to help prevent bleeding. Clotting factor can be given to prevent or treat bleeds and may be administered at home or in a hospital setting. We have experienced pharmacists and nurses that can help reduce your bleeding occurrences and improve your quality of life.
Immunoglobulins, or antibodies, are needed to help with the immune system. These immunoglobulins (Ig) in the blood plasma are IgG, IgM, IgA, IgD, and IgE. People who are unable to make enough of Ig may benefit from replacement therapy.
Treatment often involves infusion of antibodies to help your body protect itself against infections from various diseases. This type of therapy is generally administered through your vein (intravenously/IVIG) or under your skin (subcutaneously/SCIG). Our trained pharmacists and experienced nursing staff are here to provide immunoglobulin replacement therapy to everyone suffering from immunodeficiency diseases.
Mental Health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder can have devastating effects on patients and their families. The correct medications can help restore balance and order to patients’ lives and those around them.
It is important for patients diagnosed with these conditions to stay on the prescribed medication regimen to maintain their mental health status. At Realo Specialty, we understand dealing with a mental health condition can be complicated and are equipped to handle any barriers along the way. With our support, patients can prioritize maintaining a healthy mind and lifestyle.
Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma.
Treatment of cancer can be complex and often involves chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. We know a diagnosis of cancer can be frightening and difficult on you and your family. Your care team will walk you through each aspect of your treatment. We are available to provide support and care to both you and your family.