Type: C1 Esterase Inhibitor Subcutaneous
Therapies & Conditions: A medication approved for routine prophylaxis against angioedema attacks in adolescent and adult patients with HAE.
Administration: Typically administered with 60 International Units per kg body weight twice weekly (every 3 or 4 days).
Method: Intravenous (IV) infusion
Side Effects: Common adverse reactions include injection site reaction, hypersensitivity, nasopharyngitis and dizziness.
For more detailed information on Haegarda, please visit FDA.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is infusion therapy?
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is usually prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated with oral medication. Read more about infusion therapy treatments.
- Is home infusion therapy safe?
Home and alternate site infusion therapy is a proven, safe and effective alternative to hospital inpatient care.[*]Bhole, M. V., Burton, J., & Chapel, H. M. (2008). Self-infusion programmes for immunoglobulin replacement at home: Feasibility, safety and efficacy. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America,28(4), 821-832. [*]Souayah, N., Hasan, A., Khan, H., et al. (2011). The safety profile of home infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin in patients with neuroimmunologic disorders.Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease, 12(suppl 4), S1-10. For most people, receiving treatment at home or in an alternate treatment setting, like an infusion suite, is preferable to hospital inpatient care. It can provide comfort and convenience for patients and offers less interruption to their daily activities. It can also be a cost-effective alternative to expensive hospital stays.[*]Home infusion therapy: Differences between Medicare and private insurers’ coverage. (2010, June). United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters. Accessed July 23, 2012: http://www.gao.gov/assets/310/305261.pdf. [*]Einodshofer, M. (2012). A plan for medical specialty medications – increase member access, affordability and outcomes while decreasing plan costs. Presented at: 2012 Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute Annual Drug Benefit Conference; 2012 Feb. 22-24; Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Will my insurance cover infusion therapy?
Home and alternate site infusion care is covered by most insurance companies. Option Care Health is contracted with more than 800 health plans and will work with your insurance company to obtain patient benefit verification and authorization before starting treatment. Learn more about insurance coverage for infusion therapy.