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October is American Pharmacists Month

ASP Cares is a market-leading specialty pharmacy focused on serving those living with rare conditions such as HIV, cancer, bleeding disorders, and others. In honor of American Pharmacists Month, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the important work that our highly trained pharmacists and pharmacy technicians do every day. Below are some facts about pharmacists and the critical role they fill in the healthcare continuum.


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October Dental Hygiene Awareness Month

When you think of the month of October, it may call up images of crisp mornings and pumpkin spice…everything. But did you know that October has a lot more going on than that? Besides being Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, it is also American Pharmacists Month, and the time of year when the American Cancer Society builds awareness about breast and liver cancers.


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October is National Liver Cancer Awareness Month

According to her American Liver Foundation, primary cancer of the liver numbers are on the rise. Each year, over 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with liver cancer. Liver cancer is the seventh most common form of cancer in women, and the fifth most common form in men. While many cases of liver cancer are metastatic (meaning that it has spread from cancers which began in other areas of the body), primary liver cancers arise from the liver itself.


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you have noticed people wearing the iconic pink ribbon during the month of October, it’s for a very good reason; October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As part of our commitment to supporting those fighting cancer, we created the following blog to help educate and inform people about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of breast cancer.


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What is Factor VIII (8)?

Factor 8 (VIII) is a specialized protein called a coagulation, or clotting, factor. People who have a deficiency or defect in factor VIII experience excessive bleeding because their blood does not clot properly, a medical condition called hemophilia A. (Hemophilia B, which is even rarer, is caused by a deficiency or defect in another clotting factor called factor IX.)


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Complications of Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a rare, inherited bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency in clotting factors (usually VIII or IX) leading to exaggerated bleeding, even from otherwise minor injuries. Hemophilia is extremely rare in females, as it occurs predominantly in males. Females can carry the genetic trait and pass it down to their offspring.


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Women and Bleeding Disorders

While many people think of bleeding disorders as primarily affecting males (as in the case with hemophilia), women can have bleeding disorders too. Certain bleeding disorders, like von Willebrand’s disease (vWD) for instance, occur with equal frequency in both males and females.


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Transparency in 340B: Why it Matters

Passed by Congress in 1992, the 340B drug pricing program has become an essential component of the healthcare safety-net in America. The program was designed to help covered entities “stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services.” H.R. Rep. No. 102-384(II), at 12 (1992)


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Finding the Right 340B Partner: What to Look for in a Pharmacy Partner

The 340B Drug Discount Program was created in 1992 to help healthcare organizations serving a large number of uninsured or at-risk populations. By dramatically reducing the cost of prescription medications, eligible entities are able to reinvest their precious resources and expand their footprint of service within vulnerable communities.


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Car Accident Injuries: How ASP Cares Can Help

What do you do when you’re suffering from car accident injuries, or have a personal injury and require medical attention, but the insurance carrier is dragging their feet, refusing to cover your medical expenses?


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Understanding Hemophilia: Factor XIII and VIII and Other FAQs

ASP Cares is a leading specialty pharmacy focused on providing superior care for people with rare conditions such as hemophilia. Below are some helpful facts about hemophilia clotting factors XIII, VIII and other related hemophilia diagnosis and treatment FAQs.


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All About Hemophilia Inhibitors

The development of inhibitors (also called antibodies) in people with hemophilia type A or type B is one of the most challenging aspects of hemophilia treatment today. Medical scientists are not really sure why some patients develop inhibitors while others do not.


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Finding a Hemophilia Pharmacist Near You

Having a rare bleeding disorder such as hemophilia means having to navigate the world differently, often in ways that others may not ever have to think about. That does not mean that someone with hemophilia cannot live a long, healthy and fulfilling life; it simply means that the disease must be carefully managed.


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All About von Willebrand's Disease

While still rare (affecting roughly 1% of the world’s population), von Willebrand’s disease is the most common form of bleeding disorder in the world.


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What is Immune Tolerance Induction Therapy (ITI)?

People with hemophilia are missing certain clotting factors which normally help the body regulate bleeding. In hemophilia A, for instance, people are missing a clotting factor known as factor VIII. People with hemophilia B, on the other hand, are missing a clotting factor known as factor IX.


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Prescription Meds at No Out of Pocket for Injured Workers/Auto Accident Compensation Claims

ASP Cares is a leading prescription medication provider that works with both personal accident compensation claims and worker’s compensation plans. With 24-hour turnaround time and free nationwide delivery, we help you get the accident related medications you need, delivered right to your door.


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Car Accident Injuries: Why Your Pharmacy Choice Matters

There you are, sitting in your car, stopped at a red light. It’s a gorgeous day and you are enjoying one of your favorite songs.


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Drug Therapy for PrEP: How Truvada Lowers Your Risk of HIV Infection

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Drug therapy for PrEP is a way to help protect yourself before you are exposed to HIV-1 (the virus that causes HIV/AIDS).


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Aids Prevention Medications: What is Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, uses a combination of HIV/AIDS prevention medications to keep the HIV virus from establishing an infection before being exposed.


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HIV Treatment Plan: Common Medications You Should Know

The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is not yet curable, but it is still very treatable. People who are HIV positive can live long and productive lives thanks in large part to adhering to an effective HIV treatment plan.


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Understanding HIV Medications

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that attacks the immune system. The most commonly prescribed HIV medications are what are known as antivirals. Antiviral therapy (ART) is recommended for all HIV positive patients.


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HIV Treatment and Prevention

HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, is one which attacks the human immune system. HIV treatment and prevention are critical steps in stopping the spread of this disease. Left untreated, the HIV virus can cause a serious, even life-threatening disorder known as AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.


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HIV Diagnosis: What to do if you test positive

Being diagnosed with HIV can be a confusing time. You may, quite naturally, feel overwhelmed. You may also have questions and concerns about what to do after receiving a positive HIV diagnosis.


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Specialized HIV Drug Pharmacy Services

Patients with HIV/AIDS have unique needs, which require specialized services including finding the right HIV drug pharmacy to fill their prescriptions. The need is even more critical for those who are newly diagnosed because they may feel isolated or need information on where to find HIV/AIDS resources that can help them fight the disease.


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All About Hemophilia Replacement Theraphy

Hemophilia replacement therapy is the main form of treatment for moderate to severe hemophilia. During treatment, missing clotting factors, which are either made from donated human blood or produced synthetically (also called DNA derived), are slowly injected or dripped into a vein, often through a port which has been surgically implanted in the chest.


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Hemophilia Medication Plan: All About Hemophilia

Hemophilia is not a single condition, but rather an inherited group of bleeding disorders in which normal blood clotting is impaired. Hemophilia is a treatable, but lifelong disorder. Doctors typically prescribe a hemophilia medication plan, which includes what is known as replacement therapy to help manage the symptoms of hemophilia.


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You’ve been Given a Hemophilia Diagnosis: What Happens Next?

If you are dealing with a recent hemophilia diagnosis, you probably have a lot of questions about the disease. Whether you are a newly diagnosed adult, or the parent of a child with hemophilia, help and treatment are available.


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Managing Hemophilia: Tips for Living Your Best Life

While there is still no cure for hemophilia, and the condition can’t be ignored- it can be treated. By carefully managing hemophilia, people living with the disease can do just that: live.


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Worker’s Injury Compensation: Understanding the Process

When you experience an on-the-job injury, you may not know what to expect. While the rules vary from state to state, certain features are common to almost all. Worker’s injury compensation is, first and foremost, a form of insurance that certain employers are required to carry for their workers. It is designed to cover the cost of a portion of the employee’s lost wages, medical expenses, and prescription medications related to the injury or occupational disease.


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Finding a Pharmacy that Works with Your Personal Injury Attorney

When you have been injured in an accident and are working with a personal injury attorney, you need prompt medical care, including access to any medications prescribed by your doctor or other healthcare provider.


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