Intravenous versus subcutaneous trastuzumab administration

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Since 2005, when the first patients outside of a clinical trial were treated with trastuzumab at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a nurse-led service has been developed to facilitate and support a safe treatment pathway for patients” Mitchell and Morrissey (2019).

Abstract:

Since 2005, when the first patients outside of a clinical trial were treated with trastuzumab at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a nurse-led service has been developed to facilitate and support a safe treatment pathway for patients. There have been significant developments in the number of patients treated, the mode of administration of the drug and patient choice regarding the location of treatment delivery. This article focuses on the change from intravenous to subcutaneous administration, considering patient experience and choice, particularly in light of the advent of biosimilar drugs, which will necessitate a return to the intravenous route. The relative costs of intravenous and subcutaneous administration are illustrated and the results of a patient survey presented, indicating a strong preference for subcutaneous trastuzumab.

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Reference:

Mitchell, H. and Morrissey, D. (2019) Intravenous versus subcutaneous trastuzumab: an economic and patient perspective. British Journal of Nursing. 28(10), Published Online:22 May 2019. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2019.28.10.S15.

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