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Treating PI With Immunoglobulin (Ig) Infusion

Ig treatment is one option for treating primary immunodeficiency (PI). However, it is not appropriate for everyone. Talk to your doctor about what treatment may be best for you.

What Is Ig?

Ig—also referred to as IgG, immune globulin, and immunoglobulin—is one type of antibody normally made by the body’s immune system. Others include IgM, IgE, IgD and IgA. The Ig antibodies help fight off bacteria and viruses that cause infections that can make you sick. If you have PI, your body may not be making enough antibodies, or some of the antibodies it’s making don’t work properly.1 That’s why you get sick so often.

I was excited to have a plan to get better.

Sue, medical professional with PI

What Is Ig Treatment?

Ig treatment temporarily replaces some of the Ig antibodies that your body isn’t making on its own or that don’t work properly.1 The goal of this treatment is to keep enough antibodies in your blood so your body can fight off bacteria and viruses, and help keep you from getting sick so often.

Where Ig Comes From

Ig comes from plasma donations. A donor’s plasma is put through a rigorous series of tests, including screening for specific infectious diseases and measurement of protein levels and hematocrit to make sure they are both in an acceptable range for donation. Once it is determined safe for use, the plasma is sent to a processing plant where it is processed into numerous treatments, including Ig treatment.

Learn more about Shire's Immunoglobulin (Ig) treatment options.

Reference: 1. Blaese RM, Bonilla FA, Stiehm ER, Younger ME, eds. Patient & Family Handbook for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases. 5th ed. Towson, MD: Immune Deficiency Foundation; 2013.


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  2. 1) You meet the eligibility criteria and have read and agree to the terms and conditions of this manufacturer coupon program;
  3. 2) You will not, at any time, submit any costs for the product dispensed pursuant to this coupon to any government healthcare program for reimbursement;
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