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Immune Globulin Treatment: What Every Pharmacist Should Know

This activity is sponsored by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE) and supported by an educational grant from Baxter.


Eric M. Tichy, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Solid Organ Transplant
Director, PGY-2 Residency — Transplant Yale-New Haven Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
New Haven, Connecticut


Eric M. Tichy, PharmD, BCPS, has disclosed the following relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest: he receives grant/research support from CSL Behring and he is a consultant for Baxter.

The following reviewer, Huned S. Patwa, MD, hereby states that he or his spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest to disclose.

Susanne Batesko, RN, BSN, Michele Salernitano, and Robin Carrino, as well as the peer reviewer, planners, managers, and other individuals, not previously disclosed, who are in a position to control the content of Postgraduate Healthcare Education (PHE) continuing education (CE) activities hereby state that they have no relevant conflicts of interest and no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices during the past 12 months to disclose in relation to this activity. We are committed to providing participants with a quality learning experience and to improve clinical outcomes without promoting the financial interests of a proprietary business.


acpePostgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-13-008-H01-P
Credits: 2.0 hours (0.20 ceu)

Type of Activity: Knowledge
Media: Internet

Fee Information: There is no fee for this educational activity.
Estimated time to complete activity: 120 minutes.


March 29, 2013


March 31, 2015

How to Earn Credit:

There are no fees for participating and receiving credit for this activity. During the period March 29, 2013 through March 31, 2015, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; and 3) complete the posttest and the evaluation form. To answer the questions, click on your selected choice for each answer then proceed to the next question. Once completed, click on Submit Posttest at the bottom of the page. Your posttest will automatically be graded. If you successfully complete the posttest (score of 70% or higher), your certificate will be made available immediately. Click on View Certificate and print the certificate for your records. If you receive a score of 69% or less, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the posttest.


This accredited activity was designed for pharmacists.


This activity is designed to inform and educate pharmacists in a variety of practice settings about immune globulins, including appropriate uses of these agents, methods of production, available dosage forms, and differences in product characteristics.


Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the plasma collection process;
  2. Describe the steps involved in the isolation and purification of immune globulins;
  3. Describe the various viral reduction methods used for immune globulins;
  4. Identify immune globulin product characteristics that may be associated with severe adverse events;
  5. Select an appropriate immune globulin product to minimize the risk of a serious adverse event (e.g., acute renal failure or thrombosis);
  6. Identify FDA approved and nonapproved uses of immune globulins; and
  7. Differentiate between the various immune globulin products based on their pharmaceutical characteristics, such as dosage form, pH, and immunoglobulin A (IgA) content.


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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Disclaimer:

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education or Baxter. Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions, and possible contraindications on dangers in use, (review of any applicable manufacturer's product information) and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

The author, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of acceptance for publication. However, because information regarding drugs (their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions, etc.) is subject to constant change, the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosages and potential problems and cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug. Special precautions should be taken when a drug is new, or highly toxic, or is unfamiliar to the dispenser or administrant. This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Neither the publisher nor sponsor promotes the use of any agent outside of approved labeling. Statements made in this monograph have not been evaluated by the FDA. Nutritional products discussed are not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease.