Rapid infliximab infusion in the pediatric population

Erin J. Munsel, Peter J. Bryan, Bryce A. Binstadt, Danielle Bullock, Colleen K. Correll, Elissa M. Downs, Patricia M. Hobday, Catherine Larson-Nath, Boris Sudel, Richard K. Vehe

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OBJECTIVES To compare infusion reaction rates between rapid infliximab (REMICADE, Janssen Biotech Inc) infusions and previous standard 2-to 3-hour infusions; additionally, to assess patient satisfaction and reduction in chair time associated with rapid infliximab infusions. METHODS Pediatric rheumatology and gastroenterology patients receiving maintenance infliximab therapy using a standard 2-to 3-hour titrated infusion had the opportunity to enroll in the non-titrated rapid 1-hour infusion protocol following tolerance of induction dosing at 0, 2, and 6 weeks. Patients were included from December 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, via retrospective chart review and patient satisfaction surveys. RESULTS Data were collected on 55 patients receiving a total of 160 rapid infliximab infusions. There were 2 infusion reactions during the enrollment and data collection period, resulting in an overall infusion reaction rate of 1.3%. The patient satisfaction survey results showed all patients were at minimum satisfied with the information provided regarding rapid infliximab, decreased time spent in clinic, ease of scheduling, and overall process. CONCLUSIONS Our data suggest rapid infliximab infusions are safe in pediatric rheumatology and gastroenterology patients receiving maintenance infliximab infusion therapy. The overall infusion reaction rate of 1.3% in this study is well below the accepted infusion reaction rate of standard-length infliximab infusions of 2% to 3%. ABBREVIATION JIA, juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-708
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Infliximab
  • Infusion
  • Pediatric
  • Reaction
  • Rheumatology


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