What Is a Specialty Pharmacy?
Specialty pharmacies work specifically with specialty medicines. Specialty medicines are generally high-cost and not available at retail pharmacies. They often need special handling with specific delivery and storage requirements.
We will develop a personalized care plan with you to manage and avoid side effects. This care plan will support the care plan that you receive from your provider.
Why Choose U of U Health Specialty Pharmacy?
At University of Utah Health, we offer a special program that will help you get the best quality pharmacy services we offer. It’s called the Patient Management Program.
Pharmacy Services Patient Management Program
The Patient Management Program (PMP) is available to you at no cost, and we complete the enrollment for you. At any time, you can choose to opt out of this program by calling 844-211-6528. The program provides these benefits:
- Direct contact with an experienced team that will determine your insurance coverage and benefits for specialty medicines.
- Refill reminders to ensure timely delivery.
- Free courier or mail order delivery of your medicine to a location and time set up by you.
- Ease of access to your specialty medicines.
- Education and counseling for you and/or your caregiver, such as:
- how to use and how to administer your medicine.
- proper storage requirements.
- managing or avoiding potential side effect.
- monitoring for drug interactions.
- monthly medication check-ups.
- Communication with you and your medical provider about the care plan to ensure common goals.
- Arrangement of nursing services if the medicine requires nurse administration.
Benefits of Program Enrollment
Your enrollment in the program ensures the best outcomes from the use of your medicines. We provide personalized care to address your treatment plan and any problems or concerns you may have. We can also answer questions such as:
- How drugs are used to treat your condition.
- How your medicine works and how to take it.
- Possible drug interactions and how to manage side effects.
- When to contact your provider or care management team.
- Where you can reach community advocacy support groups.
Our goal is to help you improve your overall health and get the best possible outcomes. You can choose to opt out of this program at any time by calling our toll-free number. Please call us to learn more about the PMP.
What Is My Role in This Program?
Success of your treatment depends on your active participation in our program.
You must be willing to follow the directions of your provider or pharmacist, take medicine as instructed, and discuss your health conditions related to treatment.
Let your provider know that you enrolled in our program. We will work together to ensure the most benefit for you.
Provide updates on your health status.
If your contact information or insurance changes, contact us.
Generic Medication Substitution
What Is Generic Medicine and Therapeutic Medication Substitution?
Generic medication substitution is when your provider prescribes a brand medicine, but the pharmacist substitutes it with a generic version.
Therapeutic substitution is when your provider prescribes a drug (brand or generic), but your insurance will cover a different drug in the same class. Therapeutic substitutions require your provider’s approval. We will notify you if your insurance requires any substitution.
If you do not want the substitution, your insurance may require a prior authorization.
Emergencies & Drug Recalls
How Do I Get My Medicine During a Disaster or an Emergency?
If a disaster, such as a major earthquake, interrupts your delivery, call us. A staff member will coordinate your medicine delivery. If we are unable to provide services due to a natural disaster, we will help you locate an alternate option.
What if There Is a Drug Recall?
Our pharmacy has a process to respond when the FDA or drug manufacturer recalls a medication. We will contact you and your prescriber in the event you are affected by a drug recall and give you instructions on what to do.
If our staff cannot promptly resolve your complaint, we will refer your concern to the department supervisor and/or manager. We will respond within five business days of receiving your complaint.
We will also notify you with the results of our investigation through telephone, email, fax, or letter.
If your concern is not handled to your satisfaction, you can call our customer service department at 801-581-2668.
Another option is to call one of our accreditation organizations:
BOC (Board of Certification/Accreditation)
University of Utah Health Specialty Pharmacy
University of Utah Health Infusion Pharmacy
Email or Write To
University of Utah Health Specialty Pharmacy
6056 Fashion Square Dr, Suite 2200
Murray, UT 84107
Patient Safety Tips
Adverse Drug Reactions
If you experience an adverse drug reaction or anytime you are not comfortable with a medical situation, you should contact your primary care provider, local emergency room or call 911.
Get Rid of Old Medication
Getting rid of old, unused, or expired medicine the right way helps protect you, those around you, and the environment. If you are not using them, someone else might. This is dangerous. Proper medication disposal also ensures that:
- You do not take the wrong medicine.
- Children and pets don’t mistake medications for food or treats.
- Medicines don’t get dumped in our environment.
Getting rid of medicines the right way helps keep everyone safe.
Needle Stick Safety
- Never put the cap back on a used needle.
- Throw away used needles right after use into a sharps container.
- Before using the needle, have a plan for handling and disposing of it.
- If someone accidently sticks themselves with a used needle, tell your doctor right away.
You can help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands often.
If your hands look dirty, wash them with soap and warm water. Rub your hands for at least a minute. Clean between your fingers, under your fingernails, and the backs of your hands. Rinse your hands with warm water. Dry your hands off with paper towel or clean cloth towel.
If your hands do not look dirty, you can wash them or use hand sanitizer.
Always wash your hands before and after you prepare any medication to administer to yourself or someone else.
When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow. Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. If you are sick, avoid contact with other people, or stay home. Some infections spread through contact.
It is important to be prepared in case of a natural disaster (such as an earthquake, tornado, flood). Find information on making a family emergency plan, building a disaster kit, and learning how to better prepare for different disasters.
Keep all medications, hazardous materials, and liquids out of the reach of children and pets. The Poison Control Center number is 800-222-1222.
Falls are a common way people are injured in their homes, however, you can prevent falls. Ask your doctor to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about making your home safer. Some suggestions include:
- Keep objects off floor and stairs.
- Get rid of items you could trip over (such as cords, throw rugs, clutter).
- Put handrails on all stairs.
- Keep your home well-lit and use night lights.
- Use a non-slip rubber mat in tub or shower.
- Put grab bars inside and next to tub, and next to toilet.
Go to a Drop-Off Disposal Bin
Bins are all over Utah, including 10 of the University of Utah Health pharmacies. Using a disposal bin is easy. Simply bring in your medications, open the drawer, and drop them in.
Use the Trash
If you cannot use a drop-off disposal bin, throw away unused medications by following these easy steps:
- Remove medications from their containers.
- Crush any tablets or capsules.
- Mix with something like coffee grounds, kitty litter, or dirt.
- Place the mixture into a sealed container, like a used milk carton.
- Throw the container away on trash day.
- Throw away or recycle the original medication container after removing any personal information from the label.
Flush or Pour, Only if Safe
Flushing or pouring medications down the drain can contaminate our water supply. Do not flush or pour old medicines down the drain unless you know it is safe.
See a list of flushable medications.
Dispose of Sharps (Needles, Syringes, Lancets)
It is important to properly dispose of items used to inject medication or draw blood. Dispose of needles and used pens in an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container. You can use a household container made of heavy-duty plastic with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid.
Never place loose needles or other sharps in the household or public trashcans and never flush them down the toilet.
Dispose of used sharps disposal containers according to your community guidelines.