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CIDP Treated With Plasma-Derived Therapy
Date:4/24/2009

Patients with rare, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) depend on plasma donation

ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a debilitating, progressive neurological disorder that results in muscle weakness and fatigue and can severely impair motor skills. According to the GBS/CIDP Foundation International, CIDP affects two to seven individuals per 100,000 worldwide. The rare disease is treated with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG), a plasma-derived therapy that replaces vital missing antibodies in a person's plasma and that is manufactured by member companies of the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).

As recently reported in the news, William "The Refrigerator" Perry, a former Chicago Bears lineman, has been hospitalized for treatment of CIDP, which has brought this little known disease some recognition and spurred discussion about the illness and how it is treated in the news and among football fans.

IVIG also is the subject of legislation recently introduced in Congress, The Medicare Patient IVIG Access Act (S. 701 and H.R. 2002). The bills seek adequate reimbursement for IVIG therapy in all sites of care and to complete the hollow primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) home infusion benefit. If passed, S.701, introduced by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and H.R. 2002, introduced by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Kevin Brady (R-TX), will improve access to treatment and enhance the quality of life for patients who encounter hurdles to accessing their lifesaving therapy.

PIDD is treated by infusing or injecting immune globulin therapy, which works to supplant a damaged or deficient immune system. According to the Immune Deficiency Foundation, the advocacy organization leading the support for the IVIG Access Act, about 55,000 individuals in the U.S. who are antibody
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