[Home infusion therapy for Pompe disease: Recommendations for German-speaking countries]
Journal Paper/Review - Apr 27, 2021
Hahn Andreas, Schlegel Thomas, Ballhausen Diana, Lagler Florian, Ziegler Andreas, Wenninger Stephan, Löscher Wolfgang, Hundsberger Thomas, Boentert Matthias, Lampe Christina, Schoser Benedikt
Pompe disease is a lysosomal multisystem disorder with predominant proximal myopathy. Treatment with enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is available requiring life-long biweekly infusions of recombinant α-glucosidase. To minimize the burden of ERT patients ask for home infusion therapy.
AIMS AND METHODS
Pompe disease experts from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland discussed in two consensus meetings in 2019 and 2020 requirements for home infusion therapy, adequate execution of treatment, and the legal situation for delegating physicians.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Home infusion therapy is principally feasible for patients with Pompe disease if certain preconditions are fulfilled, but the decision to implement has to be made on an individual basis. The treating physician delegates the execution of ERT to nursing staff but retains full legal responsibility. Home infusion therapy has to be carried out by specially trained and qualified staff. Infusion-related risks comprise mainly allergic reactions, and adequate medical treatment must be warranted. In German-speaking countries, clear rules for conducting home infusion therapy are needed to reduce psychosocial stress for patients with Pompe disease, and providing legal certainty for delegating physicians.