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What is IVIG?

What is IVIG?

IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) is a sterile solution of highly-purified immunoglobulin G that is derived from large pools of human plasma containing antibodies against a broad spectrum of bacterial and viral agents.  Delivered intravenously, the solution provides a boost to the immune system to help the patient ward off and fight infections and viruses.

IVIG is used primarily to treat three categories of illnesses:

  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Autoimmune neuromuscular disorders
  • Certain rheumatological conditions

IVIG therapy has been used extensively in the treatment and prevention of a variety of infectious and inflammatory diseases in infants, children, and adults.  Patients who have compromised immune systems as a result of the following conditions, diseases, and immune disorders often benefit from the passive immunity provided by IVIG therapy:

  • Primary immunodeficiencies
  • Certain conditions associated with:
    • B-cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
    • Pediatric HIV
    • Bone marrow transplant
    • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
    • other connective tissue disorders
    • and many other medically indicated conditions and diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Autoimmune Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Polymyositis
  • Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (severe)
  • Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) (severe)
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS)
  • X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia (XLA)
  • High-risk pregnancy

IVIG is also used to:

  • raise platelet counts in patients with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • to treat the symptoms related to other clinical conditions such as Kawasaki Syndrome

Patients with primary immune deficiencies usually receive IVIG treatment therapy throughout their lifetime, while patients who are being treated for autoimmune neuromuscular disorders and rheumatologic conditions generally receive therapy for a more limited period of time, usually months or years.

NOTE: IVIG is also known as:

  • IGG
  • IVIg
  • IGIV
  • Immune globulin
  • Immunoglobulin
  • Immune globulin intravenous (human) (systemic)

Our “One Team” Approach to Your Therapy

At IVMS, our comprehensive service offering and “one team” approach to healthcare ensures that the care and service you receive is always compassionate, coordinated, consistent, and hassle-free.  Because we have the ability to oversee your therapy from start to finish, the process is streamlined, allowing you to concentrate on what’s most important: your health.

Our individualized approach to your treatment provides you with the medications and therapies that are right for you—all customized for your unique needs.  If you elect to use IVMS after having used another provider, we help make the transition seamless and the care continuous.  If you are new to IVIG therapy, we work closely with your healthcare provider to develop a therapy that’s just right for you.

Our patient care managers are on your side, and our staff of experienced pharmacists, nurses, insurance experts, and office staff are there to support you and your caretakers every step of the way.  Our services include:

  • Prescription Fulfillment and Delivery: We purchase, store, and distribute a wide range of products and supplies for use in home care, infusion clinics, or physician’s offices. Through careful inventory management, we minimize the potential for product shortages, and our delivery service is among the most timely and dependable.
  • 24-Hour Pharmacists: Our pharmacists are on call around the clock, available to speak with you and address any questions or concerns you may have—whether you have a question about dosage, need more information or consultation regarding a treatment, or need to monitor side effects.
  • Experienced RN’s:  An experienced RN administers the first few treatments, while training and preparing the caregiver to provide continuing care.  The RN also educates the patient about their infusion therapy, so that they can actively participate in their treatments at home, and monitors the caregiver’s readiness to provide ongoing care and administration of the treatments.
  • Insurance Processing: IV Med Services manages prescription drug benefit research, claim filing, and collection of reimbursements, so that you don’t have to.
  • Dependable Scheduling: Our experienced infusion nurses are assigned to a limited number of cases.  This careful coordination allows for flexible scheduling to meet your needs, and ensures the highest level of dependability.

Choosing IVMS and Specialty Pharmacy

When you choose IVMS and our Specialty Pharmacy, you’re assured the following additional benefits and services:

  • Case management coordination
  • Clinical outcomes monitoring
  • Educational programs/materials
  • Reimbursement management
  • Quality assurance expertise
  • Experienced infusion nurses
  • Options for location of administration of therapy (home, clinic, physician’s office, infusion suite or other site)
  • Related drugs and supplies provided
  • Local service and support
  • Timely delivery of IVIG to your preferred service site

For more information:

You can learn more about our services by exploring our website, or by contacting us at 1-866-696-8143, to speak to an IVMS staff member, who will be pleased to answer all of your questions and help you decide if our services are right for you or your loved one.