What is Infusion Therapy?


Your doctor may tell you that you need infusion therapy. Infusion therapy is prescribed when oral medications will not work. Drug therapies commonly administered intravenously include immunoglobulin (Ig), infliximab, natalizumab, blood factors, biologics, corticosteroids, erythropoietin, vitamin therapies, and many others.

What is IVIg?

IVIg (intravenous immunoglobulin) is an infusion therapy for many disease states. It is the name for antibodies that come from donated human plasma, which provides healthy antibodies to block the immune and inflammatory processes. Currently, IVIg therapy is FDA approved for the treatment of primary immunodeficiency, autoimmune thrombocytopenia, Kawasaki disease, hematopoietic stem cell or bone marrow transplantation (in patients older than two), chronic B-cell lymphocytic leukemia, prevention of certain diseases in transplant patients, pediatric HIV-1 infection, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP). IVIg therapy is also used “off-label” in the treatment of: aplastic anemia, MS, RA, small fiber neuropathy, polyneuropathy, dermatomyositis, red blood cell aplasia, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, patients with acquired clotting factor inhibitors, acquired von Willebrand disease, immune-mediated neutropenia.

What diseases can be treated?

Many diseases can be treated with infusion therapy. These include neuropathic pain, CIDP, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, primary immunodeficiency conditions, secondary immunodeficiency in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, cancer related pain, Kawasaki disease, prevention of graft disease or rejection in transplants, Guillain-Barre syndrome, respiratory illnesses, blood diseases such as hemophilia, dermatological diseases, Lyme disease and Crohn’s disease, among many others.

Can I receive my infusion at home?

Many patients can receive their IV therapies at home. Often times, a nurse will administer the therapy while the patient is in the comfort of their own home. A thorough patient and home assessment are conducted to make sure the patient is a good candidate for home care.

Where do I go for ambulatory infusion services?

Some patients, for personal, insurance or therapy-related reasons, receive their treatments at ambulatory infusion suites. This care is cost effective, and many members of your medical team are on site. Axiva is opening suites in locations across the country. The first two sites are open in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Axiva Infusion Centers - HV — The Marketplace, 2042 County Line Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

(p) 267-609-2001 (e)

Axiva Infusion Centers - HT — 1120 Township Line Road, Suite 300, Havertown, PA 19083

(p) 610-601-0760 (e)

Axiva Infusion Centers - WV — 93 Crimson Circle, Martinsburg, WV 25403

(p) 304-301-1050 (e)

Does insurance cover infusions?

Each patient’s insurance is different, so call us (1-844-44-AXIVA) and we help you navigate your insurance.