- SCIg is a preparation of human immunoglobulin for subcutaneous use (an injection in which the needle is inserted just under the skin).
- Under the national blood arrangements SCIg is only approved for specific patients. Health services participating in the national SCIg programs are required to meet specified governance arrangements.
- In 2020-21, the SCIg Access Program will provide Victorian public health services, $680 per patient per quarter.
SCIg is a prescription only medication that may be used in an admitted patient or outpatient setting1.
Subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIg) is a solution of human plasma proteins and in particular IgG antibodies with a broad spectrum of antibody activity. SCIg is prepared from large pools of human plasma and contains the typical IgG antibodies found in the normal population2.
Approved access conditions for SCIg
SCIg is only approved for patients with a medical condition1:
- Where there is support for use cited in the Criteria for the clinical use of immunoglobulin in Australia, namely:
- primary immunodeficiency diseases with antibody deficiency
- specific antibody deficiency
- acquired hypogammaglobulinaemia secondary to haematological malignancies, or post-haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)
- secondary hypogammaglobulinaemia unrelated to haematological malignancies, or post-haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)
- chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), (including IgG and IgA paraproteinaemic demyelinating neuropathies)*
* SCIg is approved for use for the treatment of CIDP under the national blood arrangements pending the outcome of a current Health Technology Assessment (HTA) review evaluating the use of immunoglobulin in the treatment of CIDP.
2. Being treated by a clinical specialist within a hospital based SCIg program where the hospital provides access to all resources and takes full accountability for the management and use of the SCIg product, at no additional cost to patients, and
3.Following a patient-specific SCIg request submitted in BloodSTAR and authorised by the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (Lifeblood).
The department will fund public health services $680 per quarter for each patient supplied with SCIg. With $600 provided to the 'Administering Facility' and $80 to the 'Dispensing Facility, as identified by BloodSTAR data.
The funding covers the ongoing costs associated with SCIg service delivery including-patient training, staffing costs, consumables, pumps and dispensing fees.
Administration and supply of SCIg
SCIg is a prescription only medication that may be used in an admitted patient or outpatient setting.
In the admitted patient setting, including day admitted, the medication may be administered by a nurse on the written instruction of a prescriber.
If SCIg is provided to a patient for out of hospital use it must be supplied by a medical practitioner or pharmacist in the lawful practice of their profession. Any such supply must be labelled in accordance with the provisions of regulation 43 or 58 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 plus Appendix L of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons and a record of the supply made.
Public patient charging for SCIg
- Under the National Health Reform Agreement an eligible person receiving a public hospital service as a public patient will have no charges raised.
- Non-admitted patients can be charged for surgical supplies such as syringes, swabs and other sundries the patient requires even though the SCIg is provided free of charge under the national blood arrangements.
National blood arrangements subsidised SCIg products
|Imported SCIg products||Hizentra® 20%||CSL Behring|
|Hyqvia® 10% (administered with Vorhyaluronidase alfa)||Takeda|
|Domestic SCIg product||Evogam® 16%||CSL Behring|
The Blood Matters team has a SCIg project nurse to assist in the statewide rollout of SCIg in Victoria.
The key objective of the SCIg project nurse is to support health services to develop local policies and guidelines aligned with the National Blood Authority guidelines and the Criteria for immunoglobulin use in Australia.
More information on SCIg can be found at the National Blood Authority and Australian Red Cross Lifeblood websites (See references 1 and 2).
Reviewed 25 January 2022