The iCool isothermal bags – new freedom for arthritis patients

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MedActiv has just released the iCool range of products for people who suffer from arthritis.

A few years ago, MedActiv started developing solutions for the transport of fragile medications so that those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis could travel with their medication. Two brothers in France started the business after one of their medications was frozen in a hotel by accident. Diseases that make them prisoners of their medication affect about 3% of the worldwide population. MedActiv has become their partner with solutions that help them to travel while knowing that their medication is kept at exactly the right temperature.

For people that are using Anti-TNF medications for rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis (Cimzia®, Orencia®, Enbrel, Humira, Simponi, etc), MedActiv has developed the iCool Weekender (12 hours), the iCool Prestige (24 hours) and iCool MediCube (36 hours). With these dedicated bags, arthritis patients will be able to travel anywhere, anytime, knowing that their medication is kept at exactly the right temperature between 2 and 8°C.

The iCool MediCube, 36 hours between 2 and 8°C

A simple innovation that radically changes the performance of a product 

The iCool bags are padded with isolating materials in which are placed frozen gel packs. The MedActiv Gel Pack is made with a specially formulated polymer that stays frozen twice as long as a traditional pack and that does not “sweat” while unfreezing. These innovations, while appearing minor, allow MedActiv to keep the medication between 2 and 8°C for up to 36 hours, which is a record for this kind of bag.

The iCool bags are suitable for all types of fragile medications but are particularly well suited for rheumatoid arthritis injection pens (Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Simponi®, Orencia®, etc.). If these drugs are exposed to temperatures above 8°C, they are damaged and rapidly lose their effectiveness. The perfect storage temperature for these drugs is between 2 and 8°C and they should never be frozen. These are drugs that are particularly expensive and fragile. This handicaps people with arthritis and limits their movements. The iCool bags give users the freedom to travel and choose their destination. They are lightweight, practical, discreet, and elegant and allow the transport of fragile medication safely during long plane trips.

For the new generations of iCool bags, a team of engineers worked to rethink traditional solutions for the transport of fragile medication. “As a daily user of thermo-sensitive medications, I was systematically disappointed by the many products I bought through traditional networks. It was for me obvious that the people who designed the bags were not themselves users of medication and did not understand my constraints. So we went back to the drawing board and redesigned the bags so that they would be perfect for us. The iCool bags are designed by patients for patients,” says Dr Diegel, one of the two brothers who founded MedActiv.

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