What is a specialty medication?

Specialty medications treat serious health conditions such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and rheumatoid arthritis. They are complex and expensive, and may require intensive monitoring. Most specialty drugs are given by injection and require special handling and administration.

To receive a specialty drug, you will need a prescription from your healthcare provider. You can look online or on your insurance company’s formulary list to see whether the prescription is covered under your plan.

Check with your insurance plan to find the best way to fill your prescription.

How can I get help understanding how to give my injection?

If appropriate, your healthcare provider will give you all of the information you need so that you can inject or properly administer your specialty drug yourself. You should also check to see if there is information online about your specialty drug, which may provide additional background about your drug. Finally, check with your insurance plan to see if they have any programs to help with injections and proper administration.

Where do I get needed supplies that go along with my therapy?

When you fill your prescription, the supplies that you need may be included. Some insurance plans provide the necessary supplies (such as needles and syringes) with your medication at no additional cost. Check with your insurance plan to see what you receive through your plan.