anybody use Xigris yet?

  1. We just got inserviced on this drug, seems like a bunch of hype. The ID guy says it's a bunch of hype. Anythoughts?
  2. Visit kewlnurse profile page

    About kewlnurse

    Joined: Feb '01; Posts: 789; Likes: 21
    RN/Golf Bum/Beer Drinker


  3. by   oramar
    Tell us what you know, some of us have not heard anything about it.
  4. by   P_RN
    What I've heard is it's Eli Lilly's new moneymaker. It's targeted at sepsis. I'm not in the loop with the epidemiologists anymore though

    I also heard that Lilly is about to lose their other monemaker-Prozac patent.

    Last edit by P_RN on Dec 22, '01
  5. by   LaurieCRNP2002
    I have not seen it used in my hospital yet. Just FYI, Lilly is losing $$ on Prozac b/c the patent expired


  6. by   kewlnurse
    It's used for sepsis, but it isn't an antibiotic. It's a antithrombolitic/profibrinolitic/antiinflamitory. Suppossedly it's used in the most seriously ill spetic patients who would otherwise die. The rational is that it minimises coagulopathy/inflimation and improves organ perfusion. Only 3 physicians in out facility can order it (anybody can order it but the pharmacy will only distribute it to these 3 docs) and oddly out #1 ID MD isn't one of them. The Lilly inservice guy wouldn't say much as to what it cost, but he hinted that a single course of it , which last for 96 hours, is in the thousands. Pt hs to be in a CCU bed, have a central line and a whole bunch of other paremeters have to be met first. It strikes me as odd the we are using this, or considering using it since we are as progressive as dinosaur in this area of the country. Suppossedly they did some of the research in our facility.
  7. by   oramar
    Dear Kewl, you may not work at a progressive hospital but if someone waved some money in someones face the landscape can change very quickly.
  8. by   codebluechic
    I just spoke with the rep yesterday...the average cost of treatment for an 80kg person is $10,000.