WARNING! SULFITES IN VARIOUS CORTISOL-TYPE INJECTABLE PRODUCTS (see list below) KEEPING YOUR INJECTABLE AT OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE (Originally printed in NADF News®, VOL. XIX, No. 4 • 2004) Injectable cortisol products (e.g. Solu-Medrol, Solu-Cortef, Dexamethasone, etc.) must be stored at optimum temperature (68° to 77°F) to insure the active medicine's viability. To protect your injectable, you may need to take precautions to prevent it from either overheating or freezing. Use of insulated insulin carrying cases (available through diabetic supply establishments) will keep injectables cool and select cases, such as Medicool's Insulin Protector Case, will also protect them from freezing. SUITABLE INJECTION NEEDLES The needles suitable for intra-muscular injection must be at least 1-inch long (or 1-1⁄2 inch for a large person). (Diabetes needles should never be used. They are not long enough.) PFIZERʼS SOLU-CORTEF (updated 1/29/11) Contrary to rumor, Solu-Cortef, in the convenient acto-vial, is available for prescription in the United States. One possible reason for the reported difficulties in having prescriptions filled may be that Pfizerʼs ongoing practice of not selling Solu-Cortef to wholesalers and limiting sales directly to end users, such as pharmacies and hospitals, is not common knowledge. New info dated 1/29/11: With gratitude to a helpful member, we have been informed that another reason for the pharmaciesʼ inability to find Solu-Cortef in their databases is that the manufacturer has taken preservatives out of the medication, and subsequently, the drug has been given a new NDC number. It is now 0009001103. If your pharmacy is having trouble obtaining these products, please instruct them to call Pfizerʼs Customer Service at 1(800) 533-4535. Other possible contact numbers for Pfizer are 1(800) 438-1985 or patient services at 1(888) 691- 6813. NATIONAL ADRENAL DISEASES FOUNDATION 505 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY 11021 (516) 487-4992 ***@**** www.nadf.us
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