What is an Infusion Pharmacy?


An infusion pharmacy is designed to help people to receive their medical treatment at home, where they feel most comfortable. When armed with the right nurses and medical staff, it will be possible for a patient to receive the same medical care they would have in a traditional inpatient facility.

The infusion pharmacy is designed to ensure that a safe environment is maintained, while ensuring that regular therapy continues to be met. This is done by accessing the home and ensuring that it remains the safest place for patient care, while ensuring that a regular routine is being met.

When hired, the infusion pharmacy staff will typically handle everything from the distribution of medications, to the items that will be needed for therapy. This will include all the required pumps, supplies and other tools essential for wellbeing. Since the providers are trained in each of the different therapy types, they will know what will be needed and ensure that the patient has the best experience possible.

In some cases, this pharmacy will also provide patients with compounding that can help to deliver medications in an alternative method, as written by their physician. The most common method of therapy though is through the bloodstream with an intravenous approach, subcutaneously which is beneath the skin, or in the area of the spinal cord with an epidural.

The therapy that is administered will usually fall into one of several main categories. It will either be antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, immune globulin, parenteral care, enteral care, pain management or in some cases immune globulin.

It is important to understand that the infusion pharmacy is more than a set of pharmacists providing you with care. Nurses, technicians and other specialists will all be part of the team that will be serving the patient and monitoring their progress as safety and compliance is also ensured during therapy. That ensures you get the same degree of assistance in your home that an inpatient setting would also provide.

Before you select to go this route, you will need to ensure that your insurance plan will cover this type of therapy. While most major insurers will, there may be restrictions in place that you will need to know. Typically, there is a limited range of conditions that will be approved and they include:

  • Infection therapy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer            
  • Gastrointestinal diseases         
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Pain management
  • Heart failure   
  • Immune disorders

Of course, your plan may cover additional treatment options. Since you will find that this remains the best approach to treatment, make sure you take the time to find a qualified pharmacy to provide you with all your needs and ensure that you are able to maintain your dignity and comfort by having all your treatments handled in the safety of your own home.