It is made by white blood cells and appears to be involved in regulating the body's ability to fight off infection. Actimmune is a synthetic form of Interferon gamma which is similar to that normally made by white blood cells.
IFN-g 1b (Actimmune®) is currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) to reduce the frequency and severity of serious infections. It is also approved in patients with severe, malignant osteopetrosis to delay the time to disease progression. In research trials, IFN-g 1b has been given to over 2,000 patients in diseases such as CGD, osteopetrosis, atopic dermatitis, pulmonary fibrosis, atypical mycobacteria and various cancers.