Monoclonal antibodies are biological drugs. Biologics are genetically engineered proteins or man-made proteins derived from human genes. They are designed to inhibit specific targets in the human immune system that fuel disease, thus reducing the patients symptoms that the disease causes.
Monoclonal antibodies are used to treat patients with inflammatory and immunological disease and cancers. At present, in NZ we can treat Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), and IBD (Crohn’s) with biologics.
Many of the new biologics can only be given by the intravenous route (IV) as if they are taken orally they are less effective after exposure to the acid in the digestive system.
These infusions are prescribed by your Specialist Doctor. The Infusion Clinic nurse specialist will liaise directly with your Specialist and under their care, we can safely administer your treatment in our clinic in a safe environment with direct monitoring.
Our nurse specialists are highly trained and experienced in giving these medications. They have undertaken courses in the safe management and handling of these biologics. They are aware of any potential side effects that may occur, and how to prevent or treat them if they do.
All treatments follow strict infection control protocols at each stage of administration.