What is cutaquig?
Cutaquig is a treatment for adults with primary immunodeficiency (PI) disease. Cutaquig is a liquid medicine for infusion that contains immunoglobulin G (IgG), which are proteins that help fight infection. It is made from human plasma that is donated by healthy people and contains antibodies that replace the missing antibodies in patients with PI.
What should I avoid while taking cutaquig?
- Cutaquig can make vaccines (like measles/mumps/rubella or chickenpox vaccines) not work as well for you. Before you get any vaccines, tell your HCP that you take cutaquig.
- Tell your HCP if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, or if you are nursing.
How are cutaquig treatments given?
Cutaquig is given under the skin (subcutaneous) with an infusion pump and subcutaneous needles. Most of the time, infusions under the skin are given at home by self-infusion or by a caregiver. Only use cutaquig by yourself after you have been instructed on use by a healthcare provider.
Watch this instructional video on self-administration of cutaquig.
What were the results of the clinical study of cutaquig?
In a year-long clinical study, 61 patients treated with cutaquig experienced no serious bacterial infections.
What are the possible side effects of cutaquig?
The most common side effects that may occur with cutaquig are:
- Infusion site reactions
- Skin abrasion
One or more of the following possible side effects may occur at the site of infusion; these may go away within a few hours and are less likely after the first few infusions:
- Mild or moderate pain
These are not all the possible side effects. If you experience any side effects, tell your healthcare provider.
How can I keep track of my cutaquig treatments?
It is important to keep an infusion journal to record details of each cutaquig infusion, so that your healthcare provider can monitor your progress. Be sure to fill out every section and keep an accurate record of each time you administer cutaquig. Please remember to bring your journal to any appointments with your healthcare provider. During your first few infusions, it is recommended that you ask your infusion nurse or trainer to help you complete your journal.
What do I need to administer cutaquig?
To administer cutaquig, you’ll need cutaquig vials (per your healthcare provider’s prescription), an infusion pump and compatible syringes, subcutaneous needles, special tubing, sharps container, and an infusion journal. These supplies will be provided by your specialty pharmacy.
How long does it take to infuse cutaquig?
There are a number of factors that can impact the time it takes to infuse cutaquig: the volume of your weekly dose, the rate at which your tubing/pump allows, the number of needles you choose to use, the gauge (internal size) of your needles, and the amount of subcutaneous tissue you have. In the clinical trial, it took, on average approximately 1 1/2 hours for the patients to complete their infusions.
Note that based on the cutaquig clinical trial, there are guidelines that your healthcare provider will use to set the initial rate of infusion for you. To help your body get used to the infusions, they might use tubing/pump rates that are slower at first.
How should I store cutaquig?
Cutaquig may be refrigerated at +2o C to +8o C (36o F to 46o F ) for up to 36 months from the date of manufacture. Within its 36 month shelf life, cutaquig may be removed from the refrigerator and stored at room temperature up to +25o C (77o F) for up to 6 months without being refrigerated again, and must be discarded if not used after this. Do not freeze cutaquig, and do not use frozen product. Keep the vial in the carton to protect it from light.