A specialty medication is defined as a medication that requires special handling, may have a complex administration process, is very expensive, or requires additional paperwork to be covered.
Specialty pharmacies are experienced with the handling and care needed with specialty medications, and may have these medications more readily available than local community pharmacies.
Some medications are required by Health Canada to be prescribed and dispensed only through physicians and pharmacies with specific certifications. Specialty pharmacies may provide these drugs along with required education and therapy monitoring.
It is common for specialty pharmacies to focus on a few specific medical conditions or drug therapies. The healthcare professionals in these Pharmacies become experts in the medications and conditions they treat.
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