Infusion therapy is the administration of medications or nutrients directly into the body through a blood vessel, under the skin, or into a muscle. With current advances in treatment and technology, it now is possible to infuse many medications at home. Therapy is sometimes started while the patient is in the hospital and continues at home after discharge. It can also be safely started at home in many cases. Walgreens provides these infusion services at home, at the workplace, in a physician's office or in a Walgreens alternate treatment site. Infusion therapy continues until the patient no longer needs the medication.
Some of the most common reasons for infusion therapy: cancer, chronic pain, dehydration, gastrointestinal (GI) problems, heart failure, immunodeficiency disorders, malnutrition, neuromuscular disorders and serious infections. Complex medical conditions like Crohn's disease, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hereditary angioedema (HAE) and rheumatoid arthritis can also be treated with specialty medications through infusion.
Therapies provided through Walgreens infusion services include but are not limited to:
- Biological response modifiers
- Enteral nutrition (EN)
- Enzyme replacement therapy
- Factor products for bleeding disorders
- Inotropic agents for stage 4 heart failure
- Pain management
- Parenteral nutrition (PN)
Infusion clinical services:
- Interdisciplinary team of experienced infusion professionals (nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, and support professionals)
- Individualized care plans
- Laboratory monitoring
- Medication profile review and pharmacokinetics
- Nutrition assessments
- Patient and caregiver education
- Diligent safety and quality control procedures
- Hazardous waste disposal
- 24-hour on-call and delivery
Walgreens interdisciplinary healthcare team works with your physician to make sure the prescribed therapy becomes a part of your everyday life—rather than the focus of it. Our nurses, pharmacists and dietitians have extensive experience in providing enteral and parenteral therapies in alternate care settings. Our nurses provide education to the patient/caregiver regarding infusion techniques, reinforcement of adherence, careful monitoring of lab results to avoid complications and achieve treatment success.
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Walgreens offers a wide range of services to treat acute and chronic conditions. Through our integrated pharmacy platform we can offer solutions to assist you with your oral, inhaled, infused, injected and topical medications.
If your physician has ordered a medication that you will be self administering or receiving in a physician's office, Walgreens can provide specialty pharmacy services.
Information provided here does not constitute professional medical advice. Although it is intended to be accurate, neither Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes liability for loss or damage due to reliance on this material. If you have a medical question, consult your medical professional.