For adult patients Enbrel is available in two preparations: Auto-injector and Pre-filled syringes.
Please take note of how to store the Enbrel you have been prescribed.
Storage for Auto-injector and Pre-filled syringes
- Enbrel should be refrigerated at 2°C to 8°C.
- Do not freeze Enbrel.
- Refrigerated Enbrel remains stable until the expiration date printed on the Pre-filled syringe or Auto-injector.
- See information in ‘Travelling with Enbrel’ about storing your Auto-injectors or Pre-filled syringes at room temperature.
- Keep out of reach of children.
For any questions about storing Enbrel, please contact your healthcare professional, or call the Enbrel patient support line: call 0800 ENBREL (0800 362 735).
TRAVELLING WITH ENBREL
Travel packs are provided free to keep your Enbrel cool during short trips
If it’s not possible to keep your Enbrel refrigerated while you’re travelling, it can be stored at room temperature (maximum 25°C) for up to four weeks.
When Enbrel is stored at room temperature, it must be used within four weeks.
If you do transfer Enbrel to room temperature storage, it is suggested that you take note of the date it was taken out of refrigeration, as well as the date it should be used by.
You should protect Enbrel from light, sources of heat, and humidity until you are ready to use it.
Flying – take some sealable bags with you and ask the airline for ice periodically throughout the trip to pack around your travel wallet.
You should take your Enbrel on board with you as part of your hand luggage. Prescription medicine, medical devices and ice packs are exempt from the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels and can be packed in your carry-on bags. The amount of medicine that may be carried on board an aircraft must be reasonable for the duration of your flight(s). However, Aviation Security requires that you keep the medicine in its original packaging with a pharmacy label attached.
If you use the Enbrel Travel Wallet, also take the outer sleeve of the carton with you. This outer sleeve will have a medicine label that bears your name. Make sure the name on your medicine label matches the name on your boarding pass.
You should also carry an Enbrel prescription and letter from your doctor.
To download a letter for your Doctor to sign, click here
This is to explain to Customs and Airport Security why you need to carry sharps and gel packs. It should detail the medicines you are carrying, how much you are taking and that the medication is for personal use. The letter should also state that ice packs/gel packs are required to regulate the storage temperature.
Do not forget to leave copies at home in case you lose the originals – this can be done by scanning or photocopying the original prescription.
The New Zealand government website (for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) has further information about travelling with medications.
If you are going overseas, make sure Enbrel is permitted in the other countries you plan to visit.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that you contact the consulates or embassies of countries you will be visiting well in advance to make sure the medicines you are taking are permitted.
More information about travelling with a medical condition can be accessed here: www.safetravel.govt.nz/health-and-travel#Medications