Specialty Pharmacy Services

When you live with a rare, chronic, or complex medical condition, choose a pharmacy service that specializes in your medication needs. With Essentia Health-Specialty Pharmacy, you’ll enjoy expert care and personal attention from a collaborative team that’s dedicated to helping you achieve the best outcomes and quality of life.

Do I Need a Specialty Pharmacy?

You may benefit from using a specialty pharmacy if you need medications that:

  • Are unavailable through a local retail pharmacy
  • Require special storage or handling
  • Need close monitoring and regular check-ins with your care team

Medical Insight: Specialty Pharmacy

Watch this Medical Insight video to learn more about Essentia's specialty pharmacy services.

Medical Insight: Specialty Pharmacy - Essentia Health

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Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Louie St. George.

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Today on Medical Insight, Kenzie Hohman tells us about the Essentia Health Specialty Pharmacy, which manages medications for complex and chronic conditions.

Kenzie Hohman, Specialty Pharmacy Manager.

KENZIE HOHMAN: Specialty Pharmacy is an ambulatory pharmacy service like a traditional retail pharmacy. The big difference is in that conditions that we treat and the medications that we're providing.

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Specialty medications tend to be more complex in administration, in their regimen, or simply have more difficult side effects to manage.

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Patients that are receiving specialty medications include oncology, hematology, multiple sclerosis, a number of chronic inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, as well as other conditions, like growth hormone deficiency. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: The specialty pharmacy team at Essentia includes professionals who assist advocate for patients, saving them millions of dollars over the years.

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KENZIE HOHMAN: Many of the specialty medications are very high cost. And so are navigators and liaisons are very integral in helping the patients access these high-cost therapies. I think one of the most fulfilling pieces is helping patients connect them with the resources that allow them to be successful with their medications.

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Patients can get their medications delivered directly to their home, or they can pick it up at any of our 21 pharmacy locations.

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Our pharmacy locations can provide over-the-counter medications or non-specialty prescriptions as well. And patients can get their meds by curbside delivery at those locations if they choose. LOUIE ST. GEORGE: The Specialty Pharmacy is located in Superior, but serves patients from all over. For Medical Insight, I'm Louie St. George. To learn more about this and other health topics, visit essentiahealth.org/medicalinsight

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Conditions That May Need Specialty Care

Rely on Essentia Health for specialty medications to treat rare, complex, or chronic conditions, including:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Asthma
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Growth hormone treatment
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
  • High cholesterol
  • Hepatitis C
  • Infertility
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Oncology
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis

Coordinated, Expert Care

When you choose Essentia Health-Specialty Pharmacy, our specialty pharmacists, registered nurses, and pharmacy care navigators become part of your care team. Enjoy the ease of working with a pharmacy that can access your Essentia electronic medical record to help you get the right dose of the right drug at the right time. We work with your providers to offer you the best individualized care.

You can expect routine follow-up from your care team to coordinate your monthly refills and delivery. You can also communicate with us online through MyChart. <More Information

Convenient Pickup & Delivery Options

Trust Essentia Health-Specialty Pharmacy to make sure you get your medications when you need them. 

Choose from the following options:

  • Pickup at an Essentia Health pharmacy
  • Local delivery (some restrictions apply.)
  • Mail delivery to your home
    (Available in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Some restrictions may apply.)

Paying for Your Prescriptions

Count on us to work with you, your physician, and your insurance company to ensure your medications are as affordable as possible. Ask our knowledgeable staff about financial assistance options from drug manufacturers, foundations related to your medical condition, and other sources.

To learn about your prescription drug coverage and any applicable copays, contact your health insurance provider.

Generic Medications

To save you money, we’ll substitute a less expensive, FDA-approved generic medication when possible. We make this substitution only if the medication is safely interchangeable with, and a therapeutic equal to the brand-name medication prescribed by your provider. Our pharmacies offer generic medications for as low as $5 a month.

If you object to a substitution, tell us when you order your medication or before you leave the pharmacy.

Need a Specialty Medication Refill?

Call 715-817-7145 or 844-380-5626. You can also:

Refill Online

Refill on MyChart

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