What is Infusion Therapy? Well, Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter, and it is usually administered intravenously by a registered nurse. Infusion therapy is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. The medication is prescribed by a physician, and the prescription is filled by a specialty pharmacy called a home infusion therapy pharmacy. The home infusion pharmacist will send the medication, equipment, and supplies to the patient’s home, where the RN will administer the medication. Because the equipment and supplies are provided and delivered by the pharmacy, patients do not need to worry about picking up the medication or trying to coordinate their own care. The infusion therapy is performed in the comfort of the patient’s home, for patients of all ages.
Infusion therapy is used to treat a wide assortment of diseases, often chronic and sometimes rare. It includes medications such as antibiotics, antifungal drugs, antiviral, hydration, pain management, and parenteral nutrition as well as other medications. Recently introduced biologics provide patients with better outcomes. Some examples include corticosteroids, erythropoietin, infliximab, inotropic heart medications, growth hormones, immunoglobulin, and natalizumab.