Orders for intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) can cause confusion

Orders for intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) can cause confusion...due to many available products and special preparation procedures.

IVIG (Carimune, Flebogamma, Gammagard, etc) is used to boost the immune system in patients with certain immune deficiencies. These meds are usually administered in the hospital...in an infusion center...in the prescriber's office...or in the patient's home by a nurse.

Problems often result when a patient's brand of IVIG is unavailable. Switching to another brand of IVIG isn't always the best solution...this increases the risk of side effects and the chance for mishaps when dispensing IVIG.

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