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In Hawai'i, we're all 'ohana. That’s the reason why our specialty pharmacy team is committed to you like family.
So when complex illnesses strike, we work hand-in-hand with your doctors to provide life-enhancing therapies and medication centered around you. Something we’ve been doing in Hawaii for over 90 years.

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When you choose Pharmacare Hawaii, you'll receive life-enhancing care that is effective,expertly managed and centered on you.
Because that's what families do - support you every step of the way.

  • Arcomegaly
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Cancer
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • Hemophilia
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immune Deficiencies
  • Infertility
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Blood Factor
  • Dupixent
  • Enbrel
  • Fasenra
  • Gilenya
  • Humira
  • Lupron
  • Prolia
  • Remicade
  • Synvisc
  • Xolair



Disease State Information

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Even though we cannot cure asthma, we can control it. Each case of asthma is different, so you and your doctor need to create an asthma treatment plan just for you. Pharmacare will have information about your asthma triggers and instructions for taking your medicines. Contact Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacare about finding a treatment that works best for your care.

Treatment
Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat HIV/AIDS. Other medications are available as well.

  • Fasenra
  • Nucala
  • Xolair


Other Resources
Below are links to other websites with additional information about Asthma. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.

American Lung Association
https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/



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 B spreads through infected blood, semen or other body fluid infected with the Heptatis B virus enters an uninfected person. It's usually spread thorugh sex or infected needles. Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that can be contracted when coming in contact with an infected person's blood.


Treatment
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.

Therapies
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)
  • Daklinza
  • Harvoni
  • Olysio
  • Ribapak (Ribavirin)
  • Sovaldi
  • Viekira
  • Viread


Other Resources
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.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Viral Hepatitis
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm

US National Library of Medicine: Hepatitis
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hepatitis.html




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.

Therapies
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.

  • Atripla
  • Complera
  • Epzicom
  • Genvoya
  • Odefsey
  • Stribild
  • Triumeg
  • Truvada
  • Viread


Other Resources
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.

AIDS Info
https://aidsinfo.nih.gov

AIDS.gov
https://www.aids.gov/

Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau
http://hab.hrsa.gov/index.hmtl

MAN Aidsmap
http://www.aidsmap.com/aboutus

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
http://www.thebody.com/

Project Inform
http://www.projectinform.org




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.

Therapies
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.

  • Cimzia
  • Entyvio
  • Humira
  • Remicade
  • Simponi
  • Tysabri


Other Resources
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
http://www.ccfa.org




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.

Therapies
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.

  • Amprya
  • Avonex
  • Betaseron
  • Copaxone
  • Gilenya
  • Rebif
  • Tysabri


  • Other Resources
    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 http://www.nationalmssociety.org




    Oncology is a branch of medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer.

    Therapies
    The medications used for cancer treatment can be incredibly complex and that’s why Pharmacare is dedicated to providing you with guidance, support and education. We stock several of the most advanced drugs for many different types of cancer. We offer these innovative therapies at our physical location near the Honolulu airport, at your home (Oahu), and statewide mail service.

    • Afinitor
    • Avastin
    • Exjade
    • Herceptin
    • Jadenu
    • Jakafi
    • Sprycel
    • Tagrisso
    • Tykerb
    • Xgeva
    • Xtandi
    • Zytiga


    Other Resources
    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.

    National Cancer Institute
    https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/oncology



    Osteoarthritis (also known as “wear and tear” arthritis) is a chronic condition of the joints.

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease of the bone joints that can cause severe pain and swelling. The cartilage around the ends of your bone joints wears away over years of use and leaves the bones rubbing against each other. This can make them inflamed and painful.

    Therapies
    Your doctor may ask you to make lifestyle changes like exercise, losing weight, and changing your eating habits. In addition to those options, there are several medications that can help you. Some are available over the counter while others need a prescription. They can be pills, creams, lotions, or injections. Contact Pharmacare Specialty to be there with you while we find the right therapy for your lifestyle.

    • Durolane
    • Euflexxa
    • Gel-One
    • Gelsyn-3
    • Genvisc 850
    • Monovisc
    • Orthovisc
    • Supartz FX
    • Synvisc
    • Synvisc-One
    • Visco-3


    Other Resources
    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.

    Arthritis Foundation
    https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/osteoarthritis/



    If you're undergoing osteoporosis treatment, you're taking a step in the right direction for your bone health. But perhaps you have questions about your therapy. Is the medication you're taking the best one for you? How long will you have to take it? Why does your doctor recommend a weekly pill when your friend takes a pill only once a month?

    With the exception of teriparatide, osteoporosis medications slow bone breakdown. Healthy bones continuously break down and rebuild.

    As you age — especially after menopause — bones break down faster. Because bone rebuilding cannot keep pace, bones deteriorate and become weaker.

    Osteoporosis medications basically put a brake on the process. These drugs effectively maintain bone density and decrease the risk of breaking a bone as a result of osteoporosis.

    Therapies
    The goal for Pharmacare Specialty Phamracy is to try to restore the balance of resorption and formation. It can be done by slowing resorption through use of antiresorptive medication or by promoting bone formation using anabolic medication. By doing so, these therapies lower the risk of fractures, which is the goal of the treatment.

    • Forteo
    • Prolia
    • Tymlos


    Other Resources
    Below are links to other websites with additional information about Osteoporosis. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.

    National Osteoporosis Foundation
    https://www.nof.org



    Psoriasis typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.

    Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis — a condition that features red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. Most people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, but the joint problems can sometimes begin before skin lesions appear.

    Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. They can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine, and can range from relatively mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, disease flares may alternate with periods of remission.

    Treatment
    No cure for psoriatic arthritis exists, so the focus is on controlling symptoms and preventing damage to your joints. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis may be disabling. Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy will be able to work with you doctor to finding a treatment right for you.

    • Enbrel
    • Humira
    • Skyrizi
    • Stelara
    • Taltz


    Other Resources
    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.

    Arthritis Foundation
    https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/psoriatic-arthritis/what-is-psoriatic-arthritis.php

    National Psoriasis Foundation
    http://www.niams.nih.org/health_info/rheumatic_disease/default.asp




    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.

    Treatment
    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.

    • Actemra
    • Cimzia
    • Enbrel
    • Humira
    • Remicade
    • Rituxan
    • Simponi


    Other Resources
    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.

    Arthritis Foundation
    http://www.arthritis.org

    The American College of Rheumatology
    http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver

    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    http://www.niams.nih.org/health_info/rheumatic_disease/default.asp






    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, a nurse and pharmacist are available 24/7. To reach a nurse, call 840-4160 during business hours or 524-2575 after hours.

    We are able to offer 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Your physician will make that determination following medical guidelines and taking your progress into consideration.

    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.

    Yes! Pharmacare is a locally owned and operated company that has been in business in Hawaii since 1927. 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.