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HQ Specialty Therapy

Get comprehensive specialty therapy for acute and chronic health conditions.

Antibiotics / Anti-infective Therapy

Antibiotic or anti-infective therapy is one of the most common infusion therapies prescribed by physicians. It is used to treat infections that are not responding to oral medication. In these instances, the immune system is unable to kill off pathogenic microorganisms that grow and lead to infectious disease.

Intravenous therapy is prescribed in these instances. Common infections requiring infusion medication include:

  • Abscesses
  • Cellulitis
  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • HIV
  • MRSA
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Post-transplant
  • Sepsis
  • Wound infections

We ensure close monitoring and consistent patient care

At HealthQuest, we understand that some individuals may require long-term antibiotic infusion treatment. We monitor our patients closely throughout the infusion process, working with them on a one-on-one basis according to their individual needs.

With support from clinical experts, quality care in therapy management by our pharmacists, and RNs, and 24/7 access to our staff for questions and concerns, we strive to help patients feel good on an everyday basis.

 

  • Asthma/Pulmonary

  • Dermatology

  • Gastroenterology

  • Hepatology

  • HIV

  • Immune Therapy

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • PAH

  • Rheumatology

Asthma/Pulmonary

Treating Severe Asthma & Pulmonary Conditions with Biologics

For those with severe asthma or pulmonary conditions that do not respond to inhaled corticosteroids, short-acting beta-blockers, and other standard medications, biologic treatment may be an option. Biologic infusion therapy treats asthma by targeting specific antibodies, molecules, or cells in the body that contribute to the condition. A biologic is a specialty medication made from genetically engineered proteins modified to hone in on specific human molecules. Biologics may be administered via subcutaneous injection or as an intravenous (IV) infusion. 

Asthma & Pulmonary Conditions Treated

There are a wide variety of asthmas and pulmonary conditions that can be treated with biologic infusion therapy. Biologic treatments help to lessen the symptoms of chronic asthma/pulmonary issues, such as fits of coughing and trouble breathing, and may help prevent frequent asthma attacks and decrease the intensity of those when you do. HealthQuest offers biologic infusion therapy for the following conditions: 

  • Eosinophilic asthma
  • Allergy-related asthma
  • Cardiac asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Myocardial ischemia
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary aspergillosis
  • Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB)
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Bronchogenic carcinoma (lung cancer)

Specialty Medications for Biologic Treatments

HealthQuest offers the following biologic drugs for infusion therapy: 

  • Xolair® (omalizumab)
  • Nucala® (mepolizumab)
  • Cinqair® (reslizumab)
  • Fasenra® (benralizumab)
  • Dupixent® (dupilumab)

Dermatology

Infusion Therapy for Dermatological Disorders

Dermatology focuses on the important things on the outside of your body like skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes, including any diseases that affect these areas. Many inflammatory skin diseases are a symptom or result from autoimmune disorders like lupus or vasculitis. HQRX treats the following dermatological conditions with immunosuppressive infusion therapy: 

  • Moderate to severe psoriasis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris
  • Sezary syndrome
  • Blistering skin diseases
  • Graft-versus-host-disease
  • Blood vessel inflammatory diseases
  • Hives and eczema
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Other autoimmune skin diseases

Specialty Medications for Dermatological Infusion Treatments

HQRX offers a wide range of specialty drugs to treat dermatological conditions. These medications are more potent than standard treatments and are reserved for severe cases of skin disease that might not react to other types of treatment. At HQRX, you’ll find the following infusion therapies:

  • Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol)
  • Cosentyx® (secukinumab)
  • Enbrel® (etanercept)
  • Humira® (adalimumab)
  • Ilymya™ (tildrakizumab) 
  • Remicade® (infliximab)
  • Siliq™ (brodalumab) 
  • Simponi® (golimumab)
  • Skyrizi™ (risankizumab)
  • Stelara® (ustekinumab)
  • Taltz® (ixekizumab)
  • Tremfya™ (guselkumab)
  • Solumedrol
  • Inflectra
  • Renflexis

Gastroenterology

Treating Gastrointestinal Diseases through Infusion Therapy

Gastrointestinal diseases affect the digestive system including the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, biliary tract, intestines and colon, and can cause various stomach and bowel disorders. HQRX provides specialty therapy for the following gastrointestinal disorders: 

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease 

Specialty Medications to Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders

Infusion therapy can help reduce chronic inflammation for those with gastrointestinal conditions. If you have one of the diseases listed above and your condition has not improved with standard treatment, you may be eligible for specialty infusion therapy at HQRX with one of the following drugs: 

  • Entyvio
  • Remicade
  • Tysabri
  • Cimzia
  • Methotrexate
  • Antimetabolites

Hepatology

Hepatological Diseases Treatable through Infusion Therapy

Hepatology is the specialty term referencing the medical services that involve your liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. These organs perform crucial functions and, when failing or malfunctioning, can cause debilitating symptoms like abdominal and back pain, nausea and weight loss, dark urine, jaundice, and fatigue. HealthQuest treats the following hepatological conditions with infusion therapy:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver failure
  • Cirrhosis
  • Post-organ transplant complications

Biologic Infusion Therapy for Hepatological Conditions

A biologic is a specialty drug made from genetically engineered proteins modified to zero in on specific human molecules. These biologics can provide needed relief from symptoms of the hepatological disorders listed above. Infusion therapy treatment options for these conditions that we offer at HealthQuest are: 

  • Interferon
  • Ursodiol
  • intravenous N-acetylcysteine
  • immunosuppression with prednisolone

HIV

Infusion Therapy to Treat HIV 

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a viral infection that weakens the immune system and renders it unable to defend itself against sickness and disease. Symptoms of HIV include fever, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. Infusion therapy of specific antibodies can help lessen symptoms and suppress the virus’ ability to spread to immune cells. Infusions may be used to either replace or supplement your daily pill regiment. 

Treating HIV with IVIg Infusions

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) or subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIg) can be used to replace the antibodies needed to defend the immune system from attacks. Your doctor may prescribe ongoing outpatient IVIg/SCIg infusion therapy, which can be received in our ambulatory infusion center or through in-home infusion services. HQRX offers the following specialty medications for HIV infusion therapy: 

  • Trogarzo (Ibalizumab-uiyk)

Our certified pharmacists and home health nurses are well-versed in your specific treatment and care needs, and will assist with all aspects of your therapy, including overseeing disease and medication management. If your infusions are able to be administered at home, our skilled staff will help you set up all necessary equipment and will ensure that you have the information needed to self-administer or receive treatment from a caregiver. You can access 24/7 assistance and support through the HealthQuest hotline at 832-612-3500

In the event of a medical emergency, always call 911. 

Immune Therapy

What are IVIg and SCIg?

Intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIg) is a sterile, purified preparation made from stabilized human plasma. IVIg is administered through the vein. When administered under the skin (subcutaneously), it is called SCIg. Both are often recommended as a treatment option for people with autoimmune disorders or immune deficiencies. 

What conditions are treated with IVIg? 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves IVIg therapy for these conditions: 

  • Primary Immune Deficiency Disease (PIDD) 
  • Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia 
  • Kawasaki syndrome 
  • Recent bone marrow transplantation (in patients aged ≥ 20 yrs) 
  • Chronic B-cell lymphocytic leukemia
  • Pediatric human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)* 
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Adult HIV
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

How does IVIg/SCIg work for chronic disease?

The body uses antibodies to recognize and neutralize foreign agents like bacteria and viruses, and to regulate immune responses. For conditions like autoimmune diseases, the body's immune system attacks its own muscles, nerves or skin. In other cases, the immune system may not be able to generate the antibodies needed to combat diseases. When this happens, IVIg/SCIg can be used to replace antibodies enabling the body to defend itself against infections again.

Multiple Sclerosis

Infusion Therapy to Treat MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative autoimmune disease that affects the body’s central nervous system.The immune system mistakenly attacks your nerves causing damage and disrupting the brain’s communication with the body. Because it affects the nervous system, MS can affect your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves and interfere with balance and muscle control. 

MS Infusion Treatments

Infusion therapy can help ease common symptoms of MS which include vision problems, tingling/numbness, fatigue, balance problems/dizziness, bladder issues, sexual dysfunction and cognitive problems. In some cases, infusion treatments can help slow the pace of MS and can reduce the frequency and intensity of flare ups. HealthQuest offers several types of infusion therapy to treat MS, including:

  • Alemtuzumab (Lemtrada)
  • Natalizumab (Tysabri)
  • Mitoxantrone hydrochloride
  • Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus)

Our certified pharmacists and home health nurses are well-versed in your specific treatment and care needs, and will assist with all aspects of your therapy, including overseeing disease and medication management. If your infusions are able to be administered at home, our skilled staff will help you set up all necessary equipment and will ensure that you have the information needed to self-administer or receive treatment from a caregiver. You can access 24/7 assistance and support through the HealthQuest hotline at 832-612-3500. 
In the event of a medical emergency, always call 911.

PAH

Infusion Therapy to Treat PAH 

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a type of pulmonary hypertension characterized by high blood pressure in the lungs caused by obstructed arteries. Symptoms of PAH include shortness of breath, chest pain, and in some cases, fainting episodes. If untreated, PAH can cause heart failure as the heart has to work much harder to pump blood through the lungs. 

PAH Infusion Treatments

Infusion therapy can help reduce symptoms of PAH and improve overall quality of life for patients. These ongoing treatments will be administered in an outpatient setting after the initial installation of a central line in the hospital. Some treatments require the constant application of medication, which requires patients to wear a portable pump. HQRX offers the following specialty medications to treat PAH:

  • Flolan
  • Remodulin
  • Veletri

Our certified pharmacists and home health nurses are well-versed in your specific treatment and care needs, and will assist with all aspects of your therapy, including overseeing disease and medication management. If your infusions are able to be administered at home, our skilled staff will help you set up all necessary equipment and will ensure that you have the information needed to self-administer or receive treatment from a caregiver. You can access 24/7 assistance and support through the HealthQuest hotline at 832-612-3500. 
In the event of a medical emergency, always call 911.

Rheumatology

Infusion Therapy for Rheumatological Diseases

Disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, bones and other connective tissues are classified under rheumatological diseases. Common symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, and even flu-like symptoms of fatigue, fever and weakness. Some rheumatological conditions may be caused by autoimmune disorders that affect muscles and joints. The following diseases can be treated through infusion therapy:

  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myositis
  • Osteomyelitis

Treating Rheumatological Conditions with Specialty Medications

As with many autoimmune and immunodeficiency disorders, infusion therapy can provide needed relief for patients with rheumatological conditions. The following specialty medications and biologics may be administered as part of your infusion therapy treatment:

  • Vancomycin
  • IVIg
  • Remicade
  • Benlysta (belimumab)
  • Rituxan® (rituximab)