What to Expect From Your Oncology Journey

To ensure our patients receive the best care, SMP Pharmacy Solutions’ team provides solutions in specialty areas of oncology pharmacy, fertility, retail, & rheumatology to make prescription ordering, refills and pick-up simple and easy. SMP Pharmacy Solutions offers an Easy Meds Sync Program which allows patients with multiple prescriptions to group their medications. By having medications grouped, patients are able to pick up all prescriptions at one time each month.

What is Cancer & How is it Treated?

Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.

Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place.

When cancer develops, however, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called tumors.

Many cancers form solid tumors, which are masses of tissue. Cancers of the blood, such as leukemias, generally do not form solid tumors.

Cancerous tumors are malignant, which means they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumors grow, some cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumors far from the original tumor.

Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. Benign tumors can sometimes be quite large, however. When removed, they usually don’t grow back, whereas malignant tumors sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumors elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumors can be life threatening.

How Does Targeted Cancer Therapy Work

Most standard chemo drugs work by killing cells in the body that grow and divide quickly. Cancer cells divide quickly, which is why these drugs often work against them. But chemo drugs can also affect other cells in the body that divide quickly, which can sometimes lead to serious side effects.

Targeted therapy drugs don’t work like chemo drugs. These drugs target certain parts of cancer cells that make them different from other cells. (Or they may target other cells that help cancer cells grow.)

Cancer cells typically have many changes in their genes (DNA) that make them different from normal cells. For instance, these gene changes might allow the cell to stop working the way it should and/or grow and divide very quickly. These types of changes are what make it a cancer cell.

But there are many different types of cancer, and not all cancer cells are the same. For example, colon cancer and breast cancer cells often have different gene changes that help them grow and/or spread. Even among people with colon cancer, the cancer cells can have different gene changes.

Targeted drugs zero in on some of the changes that make cancer cells different. They target specific areas of the cancer cell that allow the cell to grow faster and abnormally. There are many different targets on cancer cells and many drugs that have been developed to attack them.

Targeted drugs can work to:

  • Block or turn off chemical signals that tell the cancer cell to grow and divide
  • Change proteins within the cancer cells so the cells die
  • Stop making new blood vessels to feed the cancer cells
  • Trigger your immune system to kill the cancer cells
  • Carry toxins to the cancer cells to kill them, but not normal cells

Some targeted drugs are more “targeted” than others. Some might target only a single change in cancer cells, while others can affect several different changes. Others boost the way your body fights the cancer cells. This can affect where these drugs work and what side effects they cause.

Medication Therapy Management

SMP Pharmacy Solutions provides medication therapy management to ensure all patients receive proper drug-to-drug interaction monitoring. During the medication therapy management process, pharmacists will preform drug screenings and monitor drug therapy overlap.

It is important for patients to receiver proper medication therapy management from their pharmacists to ensure medications are reacting together properly and multi-prescription complications do not occur. The team at SMP Pharmacy Solutions performs medication therapy reviews, examines personal medication records, creates medication action plans, and provides detailed documentation of each patient’s medical plan.

Patient Medication Records

It is important that patients provide their pharmacy with all the medical resources they need, including an updated personal medication record – otherwise known as your documented medical history report. The team at SMP Pharmacy Solutions will review this information, looking for: prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and herbal treatments. An updated medication record will include the following:

  • Patient Name
  • Patient Date of Birth
  • Patient Phone Number
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Allergies
  • Drug-Interactions
  • Special Instructions

When providing proper medication management therapy, it is important that the pharmacist has access to all of this information. To find out if your personal medication record is up-to-date, call SMP Pharmacy Solutions at 305-740-9696.

Medication Therapy Management Action Plan

Once SMP Pharmacy Solutions has received all medical history and drug interactions, our team of experts will create a plan for each patient to follow during their drug-therapy. The plan of action is valuable to both pharmacist and patient as short-term and long-term progress is tracked. The medication therapy management action plan can include:

  • Patient Name
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Action Steps for the Patient.
  • Notes for the Patient

It is important for the pharmacist and patient to create a realistic action plan with attainable goals and reasonable milestones to conquer along the way. If a patient feels too overwhelmed by a plan of action, they can become discouraged and are less likely to adhere. Visit SMP Pharmacy Solutions to speak with a pharmacist about your current action plan, or scheduled a consultation to create one.

Medication Therapy Reviews at SMP Pharmacy Solutions

In order to understand every patient’s unique needs, SMP Pharmacy Solutions begins each new patient relationship with a medication therapy review. This review will consist of information gathering and research into the patient’s medical history, current and past drug therapy interactions, and overall health condition. During the medication therapy review, pharmacists and patients will speak privately in order to obtain the medical information necessary. Medication therapy reviews may include:

  • Pharmacist – Patient Interview. The pharmacist may request an interview to ensure all medical records and history are up-to-date and accurate. This meeting gives patients the opportunity to meet with their primary pharmacist and get to know who they will be in contact with going forward. The medication therapy review also gives insight to patient preferences, thoughts, feelings, and goals.
  • Clinical Assessment. The Pharmacist will be responsible for assessing all relevant medical information, physical and mental well-being, and the overall health status of the new patient.
  • Patient Evaluation. SMP Pharmacy Solutions will evaluate each patient and pinpoint any signs and symptoms the patient is experiencing. The pharmacist will then determine if these symptoms are due to drug interactions, and if medications could be altered to better serve the needs of the patient.
  • Interpretation. During the medication therapy review, your South Miami Pharmacist may need to read and assess laboratory results related to health conditions and current medications you are taking.

Proper communication and patient monitoring is vital to understanding the proper care each SMP Pharmacy Solutions patient needs. Fill out our online form to learn how you can receive a medication therapy review today.

Learn More About Medication Therapy Management at SMP Pharmacy Solutions

If you or a family or friend is interested in receiving more information about medication therapy management, fill out our online form or please call SMP Pharmacy Solutions today. Our team of pharmacists make drug-interaction safe, easy and hassle free. Let SMP Pharmacy Solutions create a plan for you in order to better achieve short and long-term goals while maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Medication Delivery

The team at SMP Pharmacy Solutions will do whatever it takes to ensure our patients receive their medications on time. In order to increase medication adherence and prevent any SMP Pharmacy Solutions patients from going even one day without their medication, we will deliver you prescription medicine on time each month, for free.

Let’s face it, life happens. Sometimes a monthly trip to the pharmacy just doesn’t fit into our plans. Sometimes our transportation doesn’t want to cooperate. That’s why SMP Pharmacy Solutions offers free next day medication delivery to your home. By signing up for free prescription delivery, you can:

  • Save Time. Put an end to the back and forth  pharmacy trips each month and spend more time enjoying your afternoons and evenings. No more trips to the pharmacy during lunch, after work, or any other time you should be relaxing and having fun. Save even more time by refilling prescriptions online with SMP Pharmacy Solutions.
  • Save Money. Save money on gas by cutting out all those extra trips to the pharmacy. Join our Easy Meds Sync Program and you could be eligible to receive a 90-day supply of your medications.
  • Stop Stressing: SMP Pharmacy Solutions will securely ship your prescription medications at the same time each month. You no longer have to worry about getting medicine on time & making time for the pharmacy.
  • Look Out for Your Loved Ones. If you or friends and family of yours cannot make it to the pharmacy due to physical disabilities or transportation barriers, you no longer have to worry if they will get their medications on time. Families can now rest easy knowing SMP Pharmacy Solutions will take care of their loved ones and their prescription medication needs.

Sign up for our Easy Meds Sync Program or contact a team member at SMP Pharmacy Solutions today to learn more about our free next day delivery services.

SMP Pharmacy Solutions is proud to extend the free next day delivery program to all SMP Pharmacy Solutions patients. There is no qualification for program eligibility. Our team will enroll you freely into the Easy Meds Program and not only will you receive free next day delivery, but we will also group your medications so that all prescriptions can be delivered or picked up at the same time together each month.

In efforts to continue saving our patients trips to the pharmacy, SMP Solutions offers online refills and medication ordering by phone. Call 855-255-5007 or reach us by our 24/7 line at 786-999-3030. Patients are also able to refill orders in-person at our South Miami location on South Dixie Highway.

Sign Up for Free Medication Delivery at SMP Pharmacy Solutions

Contact SMP Pharmacy Solutions online, in-store or by phone to learn more about our free prescription medication delivery services. Ask about our 90-day supply to cut your order refills down to only 4 times a year.

Transfer Medication

SMP Pharmacy Solutions offers online prescription medication transfer to accommodate our retail community and make life even easier for our existing and new patients. After the online medication transfer form is complete, SMP Pharmacy Solutions will take over from there. Our retail prescription transfer efforts include:

  • Receiving and processing online medication transfer forms
  • Contacting the patient’s existing pharmacy
  • Processing medication through patient’s current insurance
  • Preparing medication to be picked up or delivered next day.

Prescription medication transfers can take up to 24 hours to process, but as soon as the SMP Pharmacy Solutions team receives the order, we will reach to let you know your medication is on the way.

To get begin transferring your prescription medication to SMP Pharmacy Solutions, fill out our online form or speak with an SMP Pharmacy Solutions team member at 855-255-5007 to learn more about the process.

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