INFOGRAPHIC: A Closer Look at Immune Globulin Therapy

Jan 13, 2015

Immune Globulin (IG) therapy is used to treat conditions ranging from fertility to lupus, but poor treatment can cause dangerous side effect.

Accredo Specialty Pharmacy delivers superior results for patients undergoing IG treatment.

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  • Immune Deficiency

Immune disorders are a group of conditions ranging from fertility to lupus. These conditions affect patients whose immune systems are either malfunctioning or not functioning at all.

The deficiency is often treated with intravenous or subcutaneous infusions of immune globulins (IG) that replace some of the immune cells that the body lacks.

While treatment varies, most patients with primary and secondary immune deficiencies receive treatment monthly, and each infusion can take from 1 to 4 hours.

Where You Get Treatment Matters

Patients can receive treatment at a hospital or doctor's office, or through in-home treatment.

The challenge for payers is that the cost of IG administration is frequently inflated when the infusion occurs in a hospital or doctor’s office. In contrast, home infusion can deliver optimal care without charging for institutional overhead and unnecessary supplemental services.

As such, the cost of an infusion of IVIG at Accredo in the home infusion setting is 62% lower than medical office administration costs and 87% lower than hospital outpatient administration costs.

The Importance of Specialized Care

IG treatment is complex with potential side effects including acutre renal failure, anaphylaxis, asceptic meningitis, heart attack or stroke.

Accredo has trained pharmacists and nurses that follow therapy-specific clinical protocols to close gaps in care and provide optimal medication doses. Patients receive an initial consultation and are guided through the entire process. Accredo also coordinates any steps that need to be taken with the physician to ensure a smooth transition.

Nurses go to the patient’s home to administer the medication and remain present throughout the IV infusion. The nurses train the patient on specific medication administration and visit multiple times, as needed, until the patient is fully comfortable with self-administration. Patients receive a step-by-step guide and also have access to a 24-hour call center.

Home infusion is more convenient and more affordable than outpatient services in a hospital or doctor’s office. Further, home infusion achieves higher adherence rates, which ultimately achieves better health outcomes for the patient. On all levels, it just makes sense.

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