Infusion therapy, also known as intravenous (IV) therapy, refers to a type of treatment in which medicine, nutrients, or special fluids are delivered directly through a needle or catheter into the body. We use IV therapy in rheumatology to administer some of our biologic agents.
Biologic treatments are therapies that specifically target one molecule or protein in the immune system. Developed in the late 1990’s they have revolutionized the way we treat rheumatologic disorders and have become the newest class of drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus (SLE), osteoporosis, Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) and other inflammatory autoimmune conditions. Many biologics are given in the form of an intravenous infusion and administered by our infusion nurse in our office in comfortable private rooms.