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Anemia occurs when a person’s red blood cell count, or the quantity of a blood substance called hemoglobin, is lower than normal. Red blood cells are necessary to carry oxygen from the lungs to all the other parts of the body. So, people with anemia commonly feel weak and tired. They may also have trouble concentrating or experience shortness of breath with exercise. There are many causes of anemia, but your doctor may only choose to use specialty medications to treat anemia due to certain conditions such as chronic kidney disease.

It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not skip any medication. To learn more about anemia medications, treatment and ongoing management of the disease, please read the information below.

Specialty Pharmacy Program for anemia:

Members using certain medications for anemia can benefit from our Specialty Pharmacy Program. This program can help you better manage anemia through the use of a specialty pharmacy, helpful educational materials and access to clinical experts 24 hours a day.

Adherence and education programs are available through BriovaRx®, the OptumRx® specialty pharmacy. These programs can help you achieve better outcomes, at no additional cost, by offering refill reminders, medication and condition information, and access to nurses and pharmacists with specialized training. Call 1-888-739-5820 for more information.

Care or Case Management Programs may also be available through your health plan. To learn more, call the number or visit the Web site found on the back of your health insurance ID card.

Specialty medications used to treat anemia:

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The following resources may be helpful for learning more about anemia, how it’s treated and what medications are used.

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