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JointHealth™ insight – September 2016

Roughly one in five Canadians live with arthritis. Where is our social movement?

JHI September 2016 Slide ImageCheryl Koehn, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) wants to start a movement for arthritis. In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, she comments about the myth of arthritis:

At a recent dinner party, a good friend of mine said something revealing to me: “I don’t think of you as disabled.” My friend’s comment was meant as a compliment but also reflected the still common misperception of arthritis pain as a “condition” associated with getting old and that can’t really be treated. It also reminded me how people with arthritis are often embarrassed about it and live in silence. This in spite of the fact that arthritis affects more than 4.6 million Canadians, is a debilitating disease and the leading cause of work disability in Canada and limits the activities of nearly 20% of Canadians.

To celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, this issue of JointHealth™ insight will also highlight two of ACE’s programs:

  • Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Award
    This year’s program will recognize workplaces who provide an environment that meets the needs of employees living with arthritis to manage their disease and work with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, joint dysfunction or immobility
  • Biosim•Exchange
    A reader-friendly information hub for consumers and health care professionals to get the latest biosimilars news.

The search is on for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Award

In this issue of JointHealth™ Insight, we take a closer look at ACE’s third annual search for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis. This year’s award will focus and seek to recognize those workplaces and employers who progressively provide an environment that promotes work flexibility and meets the needs of employees living with arthritis, help them manage their disease and work with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, joint dysfunction or immobility......click here to read the article.

ACE launches Biosim•Exchange - Canada's first biosimilar information hub

During Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is launching the Biosim•Exchange – a reader-friendly information hub for consumers and health care professionals to get the latest biosimilar news.

Biosimilars describe a group of biologic medications that are administered by subcutaneous injection or intravenous infusion and are proven similar, but not identical, as their originator biologics. Health Canada, which approved Canada’s first biosimilar for the treatment of inflammatory forms of arthritis in 2015, defines biosimilars as a “biologic drug that enters the market subsequent to a version previously authorized in Canada, and with demonstrated similarity to a reference biologic drug.” While relatively new to Canada, biosimilars have been approved for use in Europe for a decade and for use in arthritis since 2013......click here to read the article.