I have Fabry disease; are home infusions right for me?
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Home infusions can be a convenient option for many patients living with Fabry disease and receiving enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). When starting ERT, most doctors prefer that patients begin infusions in a hospital or outpatient infusion center. After a period of time - determined by the ordering doctor (usually three to six months) - patients may have the option to transition to home infusions. Patients might be a candidate for home infusion if:
- They are stable patients who are not having active infusion-associated reactions (often called IARs).
- They have a safe home environment for the infusions.
- They have coverage for home infusions and medications through insurance or a patient-assistance program.
If a doctor has decided that a patient is a candidate for home infusions, the next step is working with the drug manufacturer's patient-service programs and case managers or infusion pharmacies such as Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group that provide case management. These specialized teams will investigate home-health nursing options to find one that accepts the patient's insurance, is experienced in ERT, and fits their schedule. Most insurance companies allow home infusion therapy as an alternative to a hospital outpatient infusion center, and these experts will make sure home infusion will work with your insurance plan.
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