One common characteristic of specialty medications is that they require special handling. Quite often that means they need to remain refrigerated or frozen, which is critical while drugs are being transported to patients and providers. To help ensure these products’ integrity — and, in turn, improve patient outcomes and reduce pharmaceutical waste — AllianceRx Walgreens Prime has begun using a new patented process when shipping specialty products.
When a drug needs to remain at a cool temperature and it isn’t, that results in drug waste and reshipment. But that assumes that the person receiving the drug knows it’s been compromised. If that’s not the case, and the product has lost its potency, that puts people’s health at risk if they are taking an ineffective drug. It also means that a payer is reimbursing for an inadequate drug.