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      My son Adam is scheduled for Ocrevus treatment at Stanford Hospital April 3 & 17. I’m not certain I should take him out in public for his treatment due to the Coronavirus. I’m feeling uncomfortable not knowing if we should go or not.  Adam is wheelchair bound. Please advise.


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      Jennifer Powell


      I can truly empathize with how difficult this decision is. I have Secondary Progressive MS and am on a similar infusion. I have been advised not to proceed with treatment due to Coronavirus. I want to emphasize that each individual’s MS is different. My physician made a decision based on my case.

      I see Adam is scheduled two weeks apart. That tells me this is his first infusion of Ocrevus. I suggest speaking with his neurologist to discuss your concerns. S/he can best guide you. as to what would be in Adam’s best interest.

      Thank you so much for reaching out. We wish both you and Adam the very best.



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      Ed Tobias

      Adding to what Jenn has written, the MS International Federation has issued guidelines regarding treatment with the various disease-modifying medications in the current situation. Continuing treatment really depends on the way in which the medication effects the immune system. Here’s part of what the Federation’s website says:

      People with MS who are currently taking alemtuzumab, cladribine, ocrelizumab, rituximab, fingolimod, dimethyl fumarate, teriflunomide or siponimod and are living in a community with a COVID-19 outbreak should isolate as much as possible to reduce their risk of infection.

      Ocrelizumab is the generic name for Ocrevus. Here’s a link to the full web page: https://www.msif.org/news/2020/02/10/the-coronavirus-and-ms-what-you-need-to-know/

      Hope this helps,


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