Tomorrow I have my first full dose of my new MS medicine. It is called Ocrevus. On two previous posts, I wrote about the first 2 half doses. I had no adverse reactions to the first two infusions. So I am expecting to have no reactions to the full dose of the infusion tomorrow. As you may know many of these high powered medicines have about four pages of side effects. I just don’t read them. I pray before, during and after. And believe that God is with me!
My health insurance changed in January. So I had to start the process of financial aid right away. I am very blessed to be able to have a zero co-pay. These medicines are very, very expensive. All of the MS medicines run between $50-75,000 a year. It is pretty unfathomable.
In my first post, I told you about the drug:
Ocrevus is the name of a new disease modifying therapy for multiple sclerosis. It has been approved for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and primary progressive multiple sclerosis, which I have. Ocrevus is a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets CD20 positive B lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) which contribute to nerve damage in MS.
In my second post, I gave you an update. I am believing that God will use this medicine to slow down the progression that I have been experiencing. In looking at the graphic, I have what is known as primary progressive MS. Those results look pretty good to me!