16 Mar Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Did you know, more than 2.3 million people in the world suffer from Multiple Sclerosis?¹ Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers. This causes communication issues between your brain and the rest of your body. Over time, MS can cause permanent damage to or deterioration of these nerves.²
In the pictures below, you can see the one on the left is a healthy nerve fiber. There are no breaks in the myelin, which is responsible for the constant communication between your brain and the rest of your body. In the picture on the right, you can see there are missing pieces of myelin. This is why people with MS may have numbness or weakness, electric shock sensations, or tremors in the body.
There is currently no cure for MS, and the severity of the disease varies from person to person. Treatments can prolong time between attacks, speed recovery from attacks, and help to manage symptoms from the disease.
March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month. During the month of March, it is important to recognize those living with MS. It is equally as important to teach others about this crippling condition so we can understand what these people are living with, and do whatever it takes to make their lives better.
How Redline Specialty Pharmacy Supports Patients with MS
As an accredited specialty, home infusion and compounding pharmacy, we can provide medications and treatments ranging from infused to self-injected medications and compounded options for MS management. Infused treatments as well as the support of professional pharmacy services to help manage this complex condition.
Infused treatments like Tysabri and Ocrevus are given in our infusion suites or at home with the help of our highly trained infusion nurses. Medications like Copaxone (glatiramer acetate), Betaseron and Rebif (interferon beta-1a) can be self-injected at home. Compounded medications can help patients looking for alternative options for MS.
Redline Specialty Pharmacy is an ACHC and PCAB accredited home infusion and compounding pharmacy in Hastings, Nebraska. We serve patients with complex medical conditions and are licensed in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota.
- “Understanding MS.” National Multiple Sclerosis Society, https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/MS-FAQ-s#:~:text=Back%20to%20top-,How%20many%20people%20have%20MS%3F,with%20a%20diagnosis%20of%20MS.
- “Multiple Sclerosis.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 7 Jan. 2022, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350269.
- “What Is Ms?” National Multiple Sclerosis Society, https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS.