1.4 million People in the United States suffer from Inflammatory bowel disease. Managing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can be overwhelming for patients. Your Meijer Specialty Pharmacy Care Team works directly with you and with your doctor’s office to help you access the medication you need, seek out any required insurance approvals, and then investigate financial assistance programs to bring down out-of-pocket costs, if possible.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term used to describe two major autoimmune disorders: Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Both conditions are characterized by chronic (long-lasting) inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract caused by an abnormal immune response. Inflammatory bowel diseases (CD and UC) should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that affects the colon’s muscle contractions. Intestinal inflammation is not a symptom of IBS, which is a much less serious condition than UC or CD.
CD and UC are very similar in their symptoms, thus 10-15% of patients with IBD cannot be further diagnosed with CD or UC. However, it is very important to accurately diagnose either CD or UC in order to select the appropriate treatment plan and provide a more accurate prognosis. Patients with UC typically have mild symptoms that come and go, with fairly long periods between flare-ups. Furthermore, both CD and UC can also affect the joints, eyes, skin, and liver.
IBD and Nutrition
Our registered dietitians at A Healthier You have created recipes specifically for people living with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Each recipe includes nourishment notes to help you learn what foods can help you feel better, or reduce symptoms, and fatigue busters, tips to more easily prepare recipes when energy levels are low.
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A Personalized Approach to the Patient Experience
We review all of the medications our patients are taking. Then we dive deep into their medical history to provide complete medication therapy management. This comprehensive standard of care means higher adherence levels and healthier patients.
- Reducing and/or Delaying Disease Progression
- Enhancing Patient’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction
- Keeping Patients in the Workforce and/or School Longer
- Decreasing Healthcare Costs
- Monitor Medication Adherence
- Managing Medication Side Effects
- Recognizing and Responding to Suboptimal Responses to Therapy
If you’re living with an inflammatory bowel disease we’re here for you. Please call us at: (855) 263-4537 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org