Amber Pharmacy’s Rheumatology Center of Excellence offers personalized patient care, access to needed medications and the clinical support necessary to promote medication adherence and compliance.
Each rheumatology patient is assigned a healthcare team. This team has extensive experience in rheumatology and provides support for the clinical, physical, financial, educational and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers.
Amber Pharmacy is Here to Help
The challenges associated with rheumatic diseases can be difficult for patients to manage. Our rheumatology team is here to serve as your advocate. Amber Pharmacy’s enrollment and benefit coordinators will help you with your insurance coverage and will work with you to find the best way to pay for your medication. Personal care coordinators will remind you when it’s time to refill your medication so you receive the most effective treatment possible. At Amber Pharmacy, we’re always here to help.
“It’s very rewarding to work with patients who have inflammatory conditions. We’re able to greatly improve their quality of life. I love hearing patients say they are able to get back to living and enjoying life!”
— Jenna Friesen, Pharm.D.
Amber Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacist
Frequently Asked Questions about Rheumatology
There are several rheumatic diseases. They are characterized by inflammation that mostly affects the joints but also the tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles. Rheumatic diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
Most rheumatic diseases cause inflammation but symptoms for different conditions vary. Inflammation may cause joint pain, muscle pain, stiffness or tenderness.
Treatment plans for rheumatic diseases vary by condition. Depending on your condition, your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever or steroid to help with inflammation and pain. There are also medications that treat specific rheumatic diseases.
Depending on the medication your doctor prescribes, you may experience side effects. Medication can affect each patient differently. Amber Pharmacy works with patients to help manage any side effects that occur. It’s important to discuss any side effects that you experience with your pharmacist or doctor early.
Depending on what your doctor prescribes, you may have to inject your medication at home. If so, your pharmacy will review injection techniques with you. Standard injection techniques include:
- Clean the injection site.
- Let the skin dry.
- Pinch or stretch the skin (depending on your medication and injection site).
- Take a deep breath to relax.
- Insert the needle using a quick dart-like motion.
- Inject the medication.
- Wait to withdraw the needle until all of the medication is injected.
- Once you withdraw the needle, gently apply pressure with a sterile swab.
- Apply a Band-Aid.
- Properly dispose of used needles/syringes.
- Document that you took your medication.
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We understand that treatment for rheumatology conditions involves much more than simply dispensing medication. In all that we do we provide respectful, reliable, patient-centered care.