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IVIG/PRIVIGEN/GAMMAGARD etc. - To refrigerate or not to refrigerate

  • 1.  IVIG/PRIVIGEN/GAMMAGARD etc. - To refrigerate or not to refrigerate

    Posted 05-16-2019 10:21

    Hello J

     

    I have seen these products stored in the refrigerator and at room temperature in the medication cabinet.  The box that Privigen comes in states "store at room temperature", but the pharmacy label states "keep refrigerated".  When Mckesson delivers it, it comes in a cooler.  Does anyone know what is right? Anything in writing would be greatly appreciated!!

     

    Thank You!


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  • 2.  RE: IVIG/PRIVIGEN/GAMMAGARD etc. - To refrigerate or not to refrigerate

    Posted 05-17-2019 03:52
    I was always told it needs to be kept cold when just being stored before use, but we take it out of the fridge and try to get it to room temperature just before the patient comes because they feel the coldness of it infusing. This is "received wisdom" from the experienced nurses I work with, but I'm interesting in following the thread to see what others say.

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    Heidi White, RN, BSN
    Sister/Charge Nurse
    Paget Chemotherapy Day Unit
    St Bartholomew's Hospital
    London, United Kingdom
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  • 3.  RE: IVIG/PRIVIGEN/GAMMAGARD etc. - To refrigerate or not to refrigerate

    Posted 05-18-2019 06:53
    At my facility we have a very rapid turn around on when products are ordered and when they actually are used. We in most cases leave it room temperature. I know it was debated at my facility for a while, but, it was researched in my facility and found that we could leave it out for a certain amount of time (forget what the exact timing was). The only restriction is that once you take it out of the refrigerator you are not supposed to put it back in.

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    Alisha
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