Covid-19 Volunteer Doctor Reveals the Cause of Expensive IVIG Drugs : Okezone Lifestyle

MINISTER Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin has issued a list of the highest retail prices (HET) of the 11 most frequently used drugs in patient healing therapy. covid-19. Of the many types of drugs mentioned, Intravenous Immuneglobulin (IVIG) into drugs with very expensive prices reaching millions of rupiah.

In his statement, Minister of Health Budi said that the IVIG drug 5 percent 50 milliliters infusion in the form of a vial had a HET of IDR 3,262,300. then IVIG 10 percent 25 ml of infusion in vial has a HET of IDR 3,965,000. Meanwhile, IVIG 10 percent 50 ml infusion in vial is the most expensive at IDR 6,174,900.

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In this regard, health influencer and volunteer doctor for COVID-19, Muhamad Fajri Adda’i, tried to explain why IVIG has a very expensive price compared to the other drugs mentioned.

“IVIG is an antibody. So in the human body there is a defense system and cells. If it is likened to the Indonesian defense system, the body has army troops, as well as air forces that fire bullets. These antibodies are similar to bullets produced by tanks which are called plasma cells and are in charge of forming antibodies,” said Dr MNC Portal, Saturday 3 July 2021.

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He continued, simply IVIG is a collection of various antibodies composed by humans. On the other hand, there are various types of antibodies in the human body, including G antibodies, A antibodies, and many others.

“So why is the price so expensive? I quoted it from the Pub Med book which is the official website of America. One IVIG is based on thousands to tens of thousands of donors. This is the reason why the price is expensive to millions,” he added.

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