Pharmacists practicing in academic medical centers and university health systems routinely address complex disease states, complicated medication regimens, and payer challenges, while medications assigned to limited distribution pathways and narrow pharmacy networks make delivering care increasingly difficult. Implementing specialty pharmacy services within the health system is an effective strategy to ensure that patients with complex diseases and intricate regimens can access the medications they need. Although the definition of a specialty pharmacy has evolved and expanded in recent years, a specialty pharmacy generally encompasses drug distribution and patient care related to potentially toxic, expensive, and/or medications that involve complicated treatment regimens.
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