Not Just Any Plan. Your Plan.
When it comes to treating chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or hepatitis, treatment with specialty medications may be the best avenue for you. Many conditions only require a monthly treatment, so you won't need to spend a lot of time fitting treatment into your schedule. Our highly credentialed staff will work closely with you and your healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that suits you best.
You may find it more convenient to stop by for treatment at our convenient ambulatory infusion suite near the Airport or we can arrange for treatment in the comfort of your home. A certified nurse will train your caregiver to administer treatment. Or, we can even teach you to administer treatments yourself.
The point is — you have options. You're in control.
Some Conditions We Treat With Specialty Medications:
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Growth Hormone Deficiency
- Immune Deficiencies
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurological Disorders
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Please ask about others
Examples Of Specialty Products:
- Blood Factor
Please ask about others.
- 24/7 support
- Assistance with insurance matters including authorizations and claims filing
- Co-pay assistance programs
- Refill reminder calls
- Free home delivery
- Training and education
Frequently Asked Questions
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Are You Really Available 24 Hours?
Yes, a nurse and pharmacist are available 24/7. To reach a nurse, call 840-4160 during business hours or 524-2575 after hours.
What If My Medications Are Too Expensive?
We are able to offcer manufacturer copay assistance or other forms of financial assistance options for many drugs. Please contact us and our staff will be glad to review your assistance options for your specific situation.
Do You Accept My Insurance?
We are able to provide care for patients with most insurance companies. Please contact us and our staff will be glad to assess coverage for your specific insurance plan.
Do You Offer Training For The Administration Of My Medication?
Yes! If you require training to administer your medication, our nurses will be happy to schedule a training session with you at your convenience. If at any time during your therapy you would like more training, we will be glad to assist you.
Do My Drugs Require Special Handling?
Some drugs will require special handling such as refrigeration. Your Pharmacare team will inform you of any special handling requirements prior to the start of your therapy.
When I Need A Refill, Do I Need To Pick Up At Your Pharmacy?
No, Pharmacare will arrange for free delivery to your home, work, or other location that is convenient for you. We also have seven community pharmacy locations that you can pick up your medications from.
What's The Difference Between Getting Infusion At Pharmacare Versus Another Outpatient Infusion Center?
The biggest difference is the wait time. At Pharmacare, once the patient arrives, a nurse is ready to assess, take vitals and start the infusion process. At other outpatient infusion centers, wait times are longer due to the check-in process, staff availability and paperwork.
How Is It Decided If I Need Treatment At Your Pharmacy Or Can Get It At Home?
That depends on the medication as well as your comfort level in self-administering. At the ambulatory infusion suite, your treatment is administered and closely monitored by a registered nurse.
How Long Will I Need Treatment?
Your physician will make that determination following medical guidelines and taking your progress into consideration.
What Drugs Are Considered To Be Under "Specialty Pharmacy"?
Specialty Pharmacy drugs are most often used to manage complex chronic conditions. Many of these require additional patient education and tight monitoring by clinical staff. These drugs often require special handling & delivery and may be very expensive. Specialty Pharmacy drugs are often injectable, but may also include oral, inhaled, or other forms of medication.
Are You A Local Company?
Yes! Pharmacare is a locally owned and operated company that has been in business in Hawaii since 1983. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care and service to all of our clients and perpetuate the Aloha Spirit in everything that we do.
Disease State Information
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a disease where your immune system mistakenly attacks the body's joints, causing pain and swelling.
The cause of RA isn't fully known. Genetics, along with other "triggers" like infections and smoking are possible causes. It develops in about 1% of people, usually around the age of 40-60, and more frequently in women than men. A physical exam by a doctor and blood tests are used to diagnose RA.
There is no cure for RA, by physical therapy and medications are used to control the disease. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and prevent joint damage. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat RA. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about RA and RA support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
The Arthritis Foundation
The American College of Rheumatology
National Institue of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Gibofsky A. Overview of Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Am J Manag Care. 2012;18:S292-S302.
American College of Rheumatology. http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Disease-Conditions/Rheumatoid-Arthritis Accessed Janurary 14, 2016.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease where your immune system mistakenly attacks your nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for controlling almost everything in your body, so a person with MS may have a wide range of symptoms, such as pain, weakness, numbness, vision problems, problems with coordination, and problems with thoughts and emotions. Some people have symptoms that are constant, while others have symptoms that come and go (flare-ups).
The cause of MS isn't fully known. Genetics, along with other "triggers" like infections and smoking are possible causes. Less than 1% if people develop MS, with most people being between 20 and 50, and it's seen more frequently in women than in men. A physical exam, blood test, and special image may be used to diagnose MS.
There is no cure for MS, but treatment can help slow the disease down and prevent flare-ups. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat MS. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about IBD and IBD support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Belbasis L, Bellou V, Evangelou E, Ioannidis JP, Tzoulaki I. Environmental rist factors and multiple sclerosis: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Lancet Neurol. 2015 Mar; 14(3):263-73
National Multiple Sclerosis Society. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Who-Gets-MS Accessed January 14, 2016
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a disease where your immune system mistakenly attacks your gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines). This can cause frequent stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea, or constipation. The two main types of IBD are Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The cause of this disease isn't fully known. Genetics, along with other "triggers" like infections and smoking are possible causes. They develop in less than 1% of people, with most people being in their 30's. Blood tests, stool samples, and special imaging may be used to diagnose IBD.
There is no full cure for Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, but medication and diet management can prevent flare-ups and help people live normal lives. Surgery may also be an option. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat IBD. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about IBD and support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Hovde O, Moum B. Epidemiology and clinical course of Crohn's diseases: Results from observational studies. World J Gastroenterol 2012 April 21; 18(15):1723-1731.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/ Accessed January 14, 2016.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, making it more vulnerable to infections. If HIV does too much damage to someone's immune system, then that person is said to have AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
Patients with HIV/AIDS have a difficult time fighting off infections, and may develop general symptoms like fever, rash or sore throat. A blood test is needed to find out if a patient has HIV/AIDS or not.
HIV is spread through bodily fluids like blood, semen, or breast milk. HIV is usually spread through infected needles or sex. It cannot be spread through casual contact like hugging or kissing.
Currently there is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments that can suppress the disease and help people live longer, healthier lives. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat HIV/AIDS. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html
Accessed January 12, 2016
Hepatitis A, B, and C
Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver. This can be caused by many different things, but most commonly it's caused by viruses. In those cases they're labeled with a letter like A, B, or C depending on what virus caused it.
The liver is responsible for cleaning the body's blood, among other things. When it's damaged from drugs, alcohol, or viruses, the liver cannot do its job as well. This can result in stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, and yellow skin or eyes. Blood tests are used to find out if a patient has hepatitis or not, and how a patient should be treated.
The viruses that cause Hepatitis A, B, and C are spread through different ways.
- Hepatitis A spreads when food and water is contaminated with infected feces. It's more common in poorer areas of the world. Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A.
- Hepatitis B spreads through infected blood semen. It's usually spread thorugh sex or infected needles. Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis B.
- Hepatitis C spreads mainly through infected blood and needles. There is no vaccination to prevent Hepatitis C.
The goal of treatment is to eliminate or suppress the virus. Because hepatitis medication often causes severe side effects, the decision to use medication depends on the type of hepatitis and the severity of the infection.
Hepatitis A is treated with simple rest and proper nutrition. The body usually clears the virus by itself over a few weeks.
Hepatitis B can also be cleared by your body without medication, but some cases require treatment.
Hepatitis C usually requires medication to help the body clear the virus.
Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat Hepatitis B and C. Other medications are available as well.
- Baraclude (Entecavir)
- Ribapak (Ribavirin)
Below are links to other websites with additional information about Hepatitis and Hepatitis support groups. If you have any questions regarding your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Viral Hepatitis
US National Library of Medicine: Hepatitis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Viral Hepatitis. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm
Terrault N, Bzowej N, Chang K, Hwang J, Jonas M, Murad MH. AASLD Guidelines for Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B. Hepatology. 2015;36:261-283.