At ACE-Rx Specialty Pharmacy, we work closely with gastroenterologists—and their patients—to administer and monitor individualized, patient-centric treatment plans. Our pharmacists assist patients by regularly reviewing medications, helping to manage side effects, and avoiding any potential drug interactions.
Gastroenterology is an area of medicine that focuses on the health of the digestive system, or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
We are dedicated to providing gastroenterology patients with one-on-one education, guidance, and support. Our pharmacists have expertise in a variety of therapeutic areas especially:
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease most commonly affects the end of the small intestine (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon. However, it may affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease varies between patients. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:
- Persistent Diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Urgent need to move bowels
- Abdominal cramping and pain
- Sensation of incomplete evacuation
- Constipation (can lead to bowel obstruction)
Crohn’s Disease vs. Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). It’s important to know that Crohn’s disease is not the same thing as ulcerative colitis, another type of IBD. The symptoms of these two illnesses are quite similar, but the areas affected in the GI tract are different. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the large intestine, while Crohn’s disease usually affects the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. In the US, the most common types of viral Hepatitis are Hepatitis A,B,C—and approximately 3.2 million people in the US are infected chronically with Hepatitis C.1
Hepatitis C is spread through direct blood-to-blood contact. Today, the disease is most commonly transmitted when infected individuals share needles or other drug paraphernalia.2 Before 1992, when screening of blood products was not available, many people were infected from blood transfusions or organ transplants.2
In recent years, new drug therapies used to treat Hepatitis C have improved patient’s sustained virological response (SVR) rates. At ACE-Rx Specialty Pharmacy, we work closely with patients to help manage their therapy and treatment plan.