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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B spreads by contact with an infected person’s blood, semen, or other body fluid. Hepatitis B can begin as an acute infection but in some people the virus remains in the body, resulting in chronic disease and long term liver problems. There are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis B. The Hepatitis B vaccine is safe and effective and is usually given as 3 shots over a 6 month period. In the United States, an estimated 800,000 to 1.4 million persons have chronic Hepatitis B virus infection.

At Premier Pharmacy, our clinical pharmacy staff is well versed in the treatment of Hepatitis B. We have available to you all of the approved treatment for Hepatitis B and work with your physician in obtaining coverage through Prior Authorizations and TARS for medications not on your insurance company’s list of drugs normally covered. Our dedicated treatment advocates and Prior Authorization Specialists will also seek financial assistance for your through non-profit foundations and directly from the manufacturer. Our goal is to provide full support to you throughout your treatment.

Treatment

Approved drugs for the treatment of Hepatitis B are:

Baraclude
Epivir – HBV
Hepsera
Intron A
Pegasys
Tyzeka
Viread


Many people still have questions. The following links are designated to provide you with more information about the disease:

Signs/Symptoms
Causes/Risk Factors
Diagnosis
Treatment Options




CoInfection

Many in our population served live with both HIV & Hepatitis C or HIV & Hepatitis B or HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C. AASLD (American Association For the Study Of Liver Disease) with IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America) in collaboration with the International Antiviral Society – USA (IAS-USA) have developed guidelines for treating this unique patient population. In each instance our Clinical Pharmacist monitor HIV antiretroviral drug switches with the HIV practitioner to ensure no drug – drug interactions or interruptions of antiretroviral therapy occur. At Premier Pharmacy we gladly provide ongoing medication management for these patients. Our pharmacy staff is available for 24 hour support.

Many in our population served live with both HIV & Hepatitis C and HIV & Hepatitis B. We gladly provide medication management for these patients as well.