What is a User Manual and why is it useful?

The user manual gives instructions on how to safely and effectively administer your medicine. It should be read in conjunction with the patient leaflet.

Below is a text only representation of the User Manual. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

Remsima SC 120mg PFP Instructions for use

7. Instructions for use

Read carefully these instructions before using the Remsima pen. Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about using the Remsima pen.

Important information

  • Use the pen ONLY if your healthcare provider has trained you on the right way to prepare for and to give an injection.
  • Ask your healthcare provider how often you will need to give an injection.
  • Rotate the injection site each time you give an injection. Each new injection site should be at least 3 cm away from the previous injection site.
  • Do not use the pen if it has been dropped or is visibly damaged. A damaged pen may not function properly.
  • Do not reuse the pen.
  • Do not shake the pen at any time.

About the Remsima pen

Parts of the pen (see Figure A):

  • Do not remove the cap until you are ready to inject. Once you remove the cap, do not recap the pen.

Prepare for the injection

1. Gather the supplies for the injection.

a. Prepare a clean, flat surface, such as a table or countertop, in a well-lit area.

b. Remove the pen from the carton stored in your refrigerator.

c. Ensure you have the following supplies:

  • Pen
  • Alcohol swab
  • Cotton ball or gauze*
  • Adhesive bandage*
  • Sharps disposal container*

*Items not included in the carton.

2. Inspect the pen.

Do not use the pen if:

  • It is cracked or damaged.
  • The expiration date has passed.

3. Inspect the medicine (see Figure B).

Do not use the pen if the liquid is different to clear colourless or pale brown or contains particles in it.

Note: You may see air bubbles in the liquid. This is normal.

4. Wait 30 minutes.

a. Leave the pen at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow it to naturally warm up.

Do not warm the pen using heat sources such as hot water or a microwave.

5. Choose an injection site (see Figure C).

a. Select an injection site. You may inject into:

  • The front of the thighs.
  • The abdomen except for the 5 cm around the belly button (navel).
  • The outer area of the upper arms (caregiver ONLY).

Do not inject into skin that is within 5 cm of your belly button (navel), or is tender, damaged, bruised, or scarred.

Note: Rotate the injection site each time you give an injection. Each new injection site should be at least 3 cm away from the previous injection site.

6. Wash your hands.

a. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

7. Clean the injection site.

a. Clean the injection site with an alcohol swab.

b. Let the skin dry before injecting.

Do not blow on or touch the injection site again before giving the injection.

Give the injection

8. Remove the cap (see Figure D).

a. Pull the olive green cap straight off and set it aside.

Do not touch the needle cover. Doing so may result in a needle stick injury.

9. Place the pen on the injection site (see Figure E).

a. Hold the pen so that you can see the window.

b. Without pinching or stretching the skin, place the pen over the injection site at a 90-degree angle.

10. Start the injection (see Figure F).

a. Press the pen firmly against the skin.

Note: When the injection starts you will hear the 1st loud “click” and the olive green plunger rod will begin to fill the window.

b. Keep holding the pen firmly against the skin and listen for the 2nd loud “click.”

11. Finish the injection (see Figure G).

a. After you hear the 2nd loud “click,” continue to hold the pen firmly against the skin and count slowly to at least five to ensure you inject the full dose.

12. Remove the pen from the injection site.

a. Look at the pen and confirm that the olive green plunger rod is filling the window completely.

b. Lift the pen from the injection site (see Figure H).

c. Gently press a cotton ball or gauze over the injection site and apply an adhesive bandage, if necessary.

Do not rub the injection site.

Note: After you remove the pen from the injection site, the needle will be automatically covered (see Figure I).

Note: If the olive green plunger rod does not fill the window completely, you did not receive your full dose.

Do not reuse the pen in this case. Call your healthcare provider immediately.

After the injection

13. Dispose of the pen (see Figure J).

a. Put the used pen in an approved sharps disposal container immediately after use.

b. If you do not have an approved sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:

  • made of a heavy-duty plastic;
  • able to close with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out;
  • upright and stable during use;
  • leak-resistant; and
  • properly labelled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container.

c. When your sharps disposal container is almost full, it should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Do not recap the pen.

Note: Keep the pen and sharps disposal container out of the sight and reach of children.