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Autoimmune

There are more than 100 Autoimmune Disease

Some are well known, such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, while others are rare and difficult to diagnose. With unusual autoimmune diseases, patients may suffer years before getting a proper diagnosis. Most of these diseases have no cure. Some require lifelong treatment to ease symptoms.

One of the functions of the immune system is to protect the body by responding to invading microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria, by producing antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes (types of white blood cells). Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In some cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases. They encompass a broad category of related diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

 

Autoimmune disease affects 23.5 million Americans, and nearly 80 percent of those are women.

Prior Authorization Support

Quite often, prescription insurance plans require your doctor to obtain a prior authorization for speciality medications. Basically, this means that the medication to treat your condition must be pre-approved before you can receive it. 

The good news is that Premier Pharmacy’s RAPIDx Prior Authorization Program works tirelessly with your doctor to identify and gather the necessary information. In doing so, we free up some time for your doctor and care team so that they can focus on giving you the care and attention you need. 

Financial Assistance Support

Specialty medication therapy can be costly even with insurance coverage. Our experienced and knowledgeable team specialists help patients gain access to funding to help make medication costs more affordable. Some available resources include: 

  • Government funded programs

  • Disease specific foundations

  • Manufacturer assistance programs

  • Co-payment cards

For uninsured patients we assist with enrollment in manufacturer sponsored free drug programs when available. 

Medication & Autoimmune Information

Autoimmune Medication List: HEALTHLINE

Types of Autoimmune Disease: AMERICAN AUTOIMMUNE RELATED DISEASE ASSOCIATION

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Resources  

Online and in-person local support groups are available for people with autoimmune disorders and for their family or friends. Support groups provide a safe place to share your feelings and to help with the emotional aspect of living with these conditions. Various support groups are available to suit your needs and some provide  access to a licensed social workers. Some available resources are: 

AARDA
SMART PATIENTS  

Patient Services

Premier Pharmacy has highly trained staff, who specializes in autoimmune diseases, available  24/7/365. Our Autoimmune Team is dedicated to helping you from the minute we receive your prescription and throughout your journey. 

We are here for you and will: 

  • Partner you with a Treatment Advocate who will serve as your go to person and whom you will have direct access to
  • Work directly with your doctor and insurance to get pre-authorization for your medication so you can start as quickly as possible 
  • Secure funding from manufactures or organization to help cover the cost of the medication  
  • Provide education on your medication and diagnosis