Understanding Infusion Therapy
From making an appointment to the procedure itself.
It's easy to arrange for a TYSABRI infusion . After you and your doctor have decided TYSABRI is right for you, and you've been enrolled in the TOUCH® Prescribing Program, you can make an appointment at a TOUCH authorized infusion site. This could be at an infusion clinic within a hospital or at a separate center that only gives infusions.
TYSABRI may even be infused right in your doctor's office, if it is specially equipped and TOUCH-authorized. If your doctor doesn't perform infusions, or if you have any problems setting up your infusion, a Biogen Idec Case Manager can help you arrange your appointment or find an infusion site that's convenient for you.
What to expect from your infusion therapy.
Before each infusion, the TOUCH Prescribing Program requires you to review the Patient Medication Guide (PDF) and complete the Pre-infusion Patient Checklist with the infusion site staff. In addition to making sure that you're enrolled in TOUCH, the checklist consists of 3 questions that determine whether or not you can receive your TYSABRI infusion:
- Over the past month, have you had any new or worsening medical problems (such as a new or sudden change in your thinking, eyesight, balance, strength, or other problems) that have persisted over several days?
- Do you have a medical condition that can weaken your immune system , such as HIV infection or AIDS , leukemia or lymphoma , or an organ transplant, that may suggest that your body is not able to fight infections well?
- In the past month, have you taken medicines to treat cancer or MS or any other medicines that weaken your immune system?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, the infusion site staff must contact your doctor to determine whether you can go ahead with the infusion or whether it needs to be rescheduled.
Once you're at the infusion center and have completed any required administrative work (such as reviewing the Patient Medication Guide (PDF) and completing the Pre-infusion Patient Checklist), the actual infusion takes about an hour. After the infusion, you will be observed for another hour to make sure you're not having a reaction that may need medical attention.
To make sure your infusion therapy is as pleasant as possible, wear comfortable, layered clothing that you can adjust in case you become overly warm or cool. It might also be a good idea to bring along an extra sweater or blanket.
If you miss an infusion by accident, simply reschedule your infusion as soon as possible. If, however, you don't qualify for an infusion according to the Pre-infusion Patient Checklist, your doctor will need to decide if another TYSABRI infusion is right for you.
Extra considerations before receiving your infusion.
Make sure to inform your healthcare team about all of your medical conditions. Tell them if:
- You have any new or worsening medical problems (such as a new or sudden change in your thinking, eyesight, balance, or strength or other problems) that have lasted several days
- You have had hives, itching, or trouble breathing during or after an infusion of TYSABRI
- You have a fever or infection (including shingles or any unusually long-lasting infection)
- You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
Also, tell them about all of the medicines you're taking, including:
- Prescription and nonprescription medicines
- Herbal supplements
It may be helpful to keep a list of these medications and bring it with you to every appointment.
You should plan to be examined by a healthcare professional at your 4-week infusion visit, at 3 and 6 months after your first infusion, and at least as frequently as every 6 months thereafter. This will confirm that TYSABRI continues to be an appropriate treatment for your relapsing MS.
Note: You must notify the TOUCH Program before you switch doctors or infusion sites. Otherwise you may not be able to receive your infusion.
Find an Infusion Center Near You.
There are many TOUCH-approved sites across the country that provide TYSABRI infusions. These include infusion centers, specially equipped doctor's offices and infusion clinics within hospitals. The easy-to-use search tool below can help you find one.
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We provide information on infusion sites that are enrolled in the TOUCH Prescribing Program and administer TYSABRI. We do this for informational purposes only. Biogen Idec does not receive payment for this service and does not own, operate, or control any infusion site, nor do we endorse any particular site. If a doctor or infusion site would like to be removed from the database, please contact Patient Services at 800.456.2255.