MS is the most common progressive central nervous system disease affecting the ability of young adults to exercise and function. It brings its own challenges to more than 7,000 Finnish people. In women, the disease is almost twice as common as among men and the onset of the disease is usually between the ages of 20 to 40.
While it is possible to live and work with MS, the most important thing is trying to accept the existence of the disease. Fortunately, medical treatments can affect the progression of the illness even though a healing treatment has not yet been developed. In addition to medication, it’s good to remember the importance of a healthy lifestyle and exercise – be sure to make them part of everyday life despite the disease! Risk factors for MS are, among others, smoking and a low vitamin D intake. Unfortunately, we cannot influence our genetics, but luckily we are supported by loved ones when facing a serious medical condition.
It is advisable to initiate MS medication as early as possible as it reduces the number of exacerbations and, in the long term, slows the deterioration of functional capacity. First line treatments are given by injection, but there are already a few examples of oral medication on the market. Beta interferons and glatiramer acetate injections are based on long-term clinical trials safe to use. For those planning a pregnancy injections are the only safe medication option.
Likelle solutions help to manage storage conditions
MS therapists provide instructions for the practical implementation of injection treatment. In the LIKELLE team, we want to use our stylish products to eliminate the challenges and negative images related to medication and MS. With the Travelpack, the storage temperature and -history can easily and reliably be verified both at home and when travelling for business or pleasure.
When picking up pharmaceuticals, it’s easy to slip them into the Travelpack – and on the way home, pop in to have coffee with a friend! If the temperature limits you have set are exceeded, the device LED light and the free mobile app will alert you and you can respond before the temperature of the medication alters too much! Sometimes medicines may even freeze in the refrigerator if they are stored too close to the cooling element – also this can easily be prevented with the help of Likelle.
Pay attention to the storage of your expensive medicines!
– Copaxone is stored in a refrigerator at 2 ° C to 8 ° C. The product is sensitive to light and must not freeze. If refrigeration is not possible, the product may be stored at room temperature (15 ° C – 25 ° C) once for no longer than one month. If, after a month, the syringes have not been used and remain in their original packaging, they must be placed back into the refrigerator (2 ° C – 8 ° C).
– Rebif is stored at 2 ° C to 8 ° C. The product is sensitive to light and must not freeze. To carry out treatment, for example, while travelling, the patient may take Rebif from the refrigerator and store it under 25 ° C for a period of up to 14 days. Rebif must then again be placed into the refrigerator and used before the expiry date.
– Avonex is also stored in a refrigerator (2 ° C – 8 ° C). The product is sensitive to light and must not freeze. If no refrigerator is available, Avonex can be stored at room temperature (15 ° C to 30 ° C) for up to one week.
– Betaferon and Extavia are stored below 25 ° C and must not freeze. The ready-to-use Betaferon solution for injection should be used immediately after preparation. It has, however, been shown to remain stable for 3 hours at a temperature of 2 to 8 ° C.
Medical Licentiate, Medical Specialist, Jukka Puolitaival