From Charlieo "Has anyone done traveling with trimix? My partner and I are going to Central Amer. in Mar. and was "ondering about how to care for it, refigeration that is while traveling, airplanes etc. Does anyone know the shelf life of it unrefrigerated? A few cool paks in check on baggage should suffice I assume anye help?"
I talked to the pharmacist about this, because I travel a lot. He said it was fine to have it not refridgerated although it should not be subjected to heat over 86 degrees. So no direct sunlight and don't leave it in a hot car or near the heater in the hotel room. He said it really would be find and not lessen the potency of the medicine. The refridgerator directions ensure it is not exposed to higher temps that can damage the medication. Since 86 degrees is only 16 degrees over normal room temp (70 degrees), it's too close for comfort to not recommend that it be refridgerated.
I was also advised not to pack the medicine and syringes, but to carry them in my brief case along with the prescription. It went through X-ray with no questions asked.
Also, as was stated in an earlier post, the new expiration date is a new regulation, but the pharmacist said that it was fine past the expiration date and not to worry about it. But hey, who would leave the stuff unused that long????
Hope that helps.
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner is...post op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g. Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...