mikef- please let us know how you fare getting Entyvio infusions on the road. Getting infusions at Walgreen's (or elsewhere) could be really convenient for travelers, or if the infusion came up over a vacation or something.
I spoke to Walgreens and CVS. They both have a nationwide network of infusion centers and they offer "home infusion" where a nurse comes to your home to do it.
From the Walgreens web site: "Walgreens Infusion Services regularly cares for patients who travel, work, coach baseball, play baseball, and do just about anything you can think of. We have state-of-the-art infusion devices that are lightweight and portable and require only a backpack, purse, or even a pocket for transport. Our pharmacies have the capability to support all of your home infusion needs while you travel for work or pleasure within the continental United States."
They recommend about
two weeks' notice before infusion so they can transfer the prescript
ion to the next
location. However, they warned me that states have varying laws about
infusions: e.g. many states don't allow a nurse to perform in infusion unless you've been seen by a physician in that state
. That could mean I would need to see a new physician each time I need an infusion in a new state while traveling.
The CVS infusion center list is online at /www.coramhc.com/locations/default.aspx
but Walgreens doesn't post their list. The person I spoke to e-mailed me a scanned list of the Walgreens infusion sites. The U.S. is pretty well covered but with some large gaps in the central U.S. and parts of the western U.S.
I haven't started treatment yet... I need to decide between Entvio and Cimzia. The Cimzia would likely be easier to coordinate: I just need to arrange delivery to wherever we are staying that week in our RV (which I've been doing for the past year for Humira deliveries, with only moderate difficulty).