MS patients in UAE gain confidence on social platform

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MS patients in UAE gain confidence on social platform

Postby MSUK » Fri May 27, 2011 3:55 am

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More than 30 patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), one of the world's most common and complex diseases that disables nerves in the brain and spinal cord, congregated at WAFI City Mall in Dubai along with friends and family on Thursday to observe the World MS Day.

The patient networking programme has been organised by the UAE MS Platform, bringing together the country's sufferers of the inflammatory debilitating disease of the nervous system.

The organisation has launched an interactive online forum titled UniteMS.net, aimed at encouraging MS patients to register with this website and share their difficulties to seek instructions to conquer the complications. The UniteMS.net forum will make the UAE patients able to get connected with the global platform of MS patients.... Read More - http://tinyurl.com/LatestMSNews
MS-UK - http://www.ms-uk.org/
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Postby sous » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:46 am

Hi. I live in UAE, and need to know if anyone else is there on Copaxone. It is not sold there and have to fly it in.
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Postby mrbarlow » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:32 am

sous wrote:Hi. I live in UAE, and need to know if anyone else is there on Copaxone. It is not sold there and have to fly it in.


Im in Saudi Arabia. Copaxone is available (quietly) if you cant take Interferon.
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Postby sous » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:29 am

Hi mrbarlow..
do pharmacies sell copaxone in Saudi Arabia? if yes, do they ask for a Saudi prescription, also can u please let me know how much does it cost? This can be very helpfull. I have a daughter and a brother who live in Riadh, they can get me the medicine, instead of getting it from Spain.
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Postby mrbarlow » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:48 am

Hi Sous

I use Rebif which is the prefered choice but a guy I know is on Copaxone as he reacts badly to Rebif. His Neuro was able to prescribe it - but as the drug is owned by an Israeli company it is not the preferred choice.

Im an expat and in a company scheme. Whether it is available through community Pharmacy's I have no idea although contrary to outside perceptions virtually everything is 'available' here.

Have you enquired as to whether Iran produces Copaxone? I wouldn't be surprised if they do for their domestic market and stick two fingers up at Teva's patents on the drug.
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Postby sous » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:12 am

Hi again mrbarlow,
sorry to be such a nag. but is your friend a member in Thisisms?
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Postby mrbarlow » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:18 pm

sous wrote:Hi again mrbarlow,
sorry to be such a nag. but is your friend a member in Thisisms?


I have no idea. He is a work colleague who I only know through the fact we are both treated by the same Neuro. We haven't spoken for several months. The hospital pharmacy supply the Copaxone as they supply my Rebif so no need to go to private Pharmacy's

If your brother lives in Riyadh it would probably be easiest for him to go into a pharmacy and ask if they can get Copaxone. At worst the answer will be no.

That said the Pharmacy's here are crap. I asked about LDN and I think they thought I was after methadone. At the same time they sell steroids for body building :roll:
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