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Immune Globulin Therapies—How the Appropriate Selection and Use of Immune Globulin Products Can Impact Patient Care

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


J. Andrew Skirvin, BS, PharmD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences
Northeastern University
Oncology Pharmacist
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts


J. Andrew Skirvin, BS, PharmD, has indicated the following relevant affiliations or financial relationships with a commercial interest: member of the speakers bureau for Grifols.

The following reviewer, Lindy Swain, PharmD, hereby states that she does not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity.

Susanne Batesko, RN, BSN, Michele Salernitano, and Robin Carrino, as well as the 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.


acpe Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
UAN: 0430-0000-15-038-H01-P
2.0 hour (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


June 30, 2015


June 30, 2017


This accredited activity has been designed for pharmacists.


During the period June 30, 2015 through June 30, 2017, 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 statement of participation will be made available immediately. Click on the View Statement of Participation link and print the statement for your records. If you receive a score lower than 70%, you will receive a message notifying you that you did not pass the posttest. You will have 2 opportunities to pass the posttest. To receive Credit, you must provide your date of birth and NABP number. All Credit information will be uploaded into CPE monitor within 30 days.


This activity is designed to educate pharmacists in a variety of practice settings about immune globulin products, including the differences between products, safety, and appropriate uses.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe plasmapheresis and other processes used for plasma collection;
  2. Describe the manufacturing steps involved in the production of immune globulin products;
  3. Explain the proposed mechanism of action of immune globulins for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases;
  4. Explain the various methods used to ensure safety against viral transmission from immune globulin products;
  5. Describe how the various immune globulin products differ in regard to specific characteristics (e.g., stabilizers, pH, sodium content, osmolality/osmolarity);
  6. Describe adverse events associated with immune globulins;
  7. Discuss how product-specific characteristics of immune globulins may impact patient safety;
  8. Identify risk factors for adverse events to an immune globulin product;
  9. Select an appropriate immune globulin product for a patient with specific risk factors;
  10. Determine the appropriateness of immune globulin use for a given disease state or disorder;
  11. Recommend an immune globulin treatment regimen for a given patient; and
  12. Counsel a patient about the possible side effects of immune globulins and the method of administration.


Please ensure the computer you plan to use meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 98 or higher & Macintosh 2.2 or higher
  • Internet Browser (Mac &/ Windows): Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0.6 or higher, Firefox 3.0.3 or higher & Opera 5 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible
  • Monitor Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 or higher
  • Media Viewing Requirements: Adobe Reader, Microsoft Powerpoint, Flash Player & HTML5


The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. 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 an evaluation of their patients' conditions and current medications, including the identification of possible contraindications regarding the dangers of use and a review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, as well as a comparison with the 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.