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Specialists are responsible for assessing suitability for monoclonal antibody treatment in severe asthma, and for preparing written applications to the PBS for supply of these medications. Initial injections will generally be administered in the specialist’s clinic or private rooms, day hospital or day procedure unit. If there are no untoward reactions after the first 2 or 3 injections, the specialist will often arrange for subsequent injections to be administered in primary care by a practice nurse, or in a local health care facility.
In some instances, it may be reasonable to initiate monoclonal antibody injections in primary care or local health care facility, especially where the patient might have to travel long distances to the specialist’s clinic or office, or where there is no ready access to a day procedure unit or hospital outpatient clinic.
For this to occur in a way that optimises good patient care, the following criteria should be met: