Pharmacy Notices

Managing osteoarthritis 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.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease and the most common form of arthritis. Unlike joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which improves with activity, joint pain from OA is activity-related occurring either during or after joint use. OA usually affects certain joints including the lower back, hip, knee, and first metatarsal phalangeal (because they are weight-bearing), while sparing others such as the wrist, elbow, and ankle. In addition, the joints are asymmetrically affected in OA, compared to the symmetrical distribution in RA.

Symptoms of OA Include:

  • Brief morning stiffness
  • Pain on motion
  • Joint pain & tenderness
  • Stiffness in affected joints
  • Limited activities of daily living
  • Instability of weight-bearing joints
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Pain is episodic


Risk Factors

Osteoarthritis is a disease that is much more common in middle-aged and elderly women than in men. In addition, polyarticular and isolated knee OA occurs slightly more in women, while hip OA occurs more frequently in men. Although OA may occur in people of all ages, it rarely does in adults under the age of 40 and is highly prevalent in those older than 60. Joint pain is also strongly associated with body weight. Each pound overweight increases the loading force across the knee three-to six-fold. Therefore, overweight individuals have nearly 4 to 5 times the risk of knee OA.


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

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At Meijer Specialty Pharmacy, our pharmacists are at the center of a complete team of specialists dedicated to your well-being. So whether you need help with side effects, managing costs, injection training, understanding how and when to take your medications; we'll do whatever it takes to help you, your family, and every family, live as well as possible.

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