A Better Path to Respiratory Syncytial Virus C (RSV)
At Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, Inc., we believe in a better quality of life for patients and their healthcare partners when treating and managing the most complex conditions such as respiratory syncytial virus. Through the provision of specialty products combined with personalized guidance and support from clinical experts, our patients, providers and partners have the best chance of achieving successful therapy management. With information and a helping hand, we make the path to better healthcare a little easier to navigate for everyone.
Specialty Products + Personalized Guidance + Unmatched Expertise = Improved Outcomes
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a contagious viral disease that can lead to serious health problems—especially for young children and older adults. There is no vaccine to prevent RSV.
RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Most healthy people recover from RSV infection in 1 to 2 weeks. However, infections can be severe in some people, such as certain infants, young children, and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under one year of age in the United States. In addition, RSV is more often being recognized as an important cause of respiratory illness in older adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost everyone will contract RSV by the age of two.
RSV spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending respiratory droplets into the air. These droplets contain RSV and can end up in other people’s mouths or noses, where they can cause infection. The droplets can also land on objects that people touch, such as toys or countertops. People can be exposed to and possibly infected with RSV by touching these objects and then touching their mouths or noses. Children often pass the virus to one another at their school or daycare center.
Currently there is no effective vaccine against RSV; however, there are supportive measures to treat it. These measures include:
- Administration of oxygen, fluid and mechanical ventilation
- Drug therapies including bronchodilators, corticosteroids and inhaled anti-viral medications such as ribavirin
- Use of a virus-fighting antibody medication such as palivizumab
To help prevent the spread of RSV, people who have cold-like symptoms should:
- Cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing
- Wash their hands often with soap and water for 15–20 seconds
- Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
- Refrain from kissing others
Through Axium’s RSVVisions® program, we are able to provide RSV patients, providers and partners with the necessary coordination of care vital to achieving successful treatment outcomes. By utilizing Axium’s expert patient care team comprised of Doctors of Pharmacy, registered pharmacists and nurses, reimbursement specialists and dedicated Patient Care Coordinators (PCCs), Axium is able to offer each and every patient and partner with high-quality, personalized care, ongoing patient evaluation and clinical support including frequent patient follow-up and continual education about their RSV prevention and treatment.
Simply stated, we are your helping hand. We’re with you every step of the way on the path to better healthcare.