Filling the need for specialty Rx
With the rise in people diagnosed with complex illnesses like cancers, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, Crohn’s disease and rare genetic disorders, the need for specialty pharmacies to deal with the complex drug regimens they require will rise as well.
Hy-Vee made waves two years ago when it signed a deal with Omaha, Neb.-based specialty provider Amber Pharmacy to create Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions, which offers specialty pharmacy services through Hy-Vee’s retail stores. In September, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield named Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions as its preferred provider of specialty pharmacy benefits for members.
“Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions’ customized patient programs, clinical expertise and dedication to customer service will allow Wellmark to deliver high-quality specialty pharmacy benefits while effectively managing costs,” Wellmark pharmacy director Matt Hosford said.