From this year’s EULAR annual conference comes major news for people living with spondyloarthritis (SpA). Based on recommendations from a task force of European and North American patients, rheumatologists, dermatologists, and health professionals, new treat-to-target (T2T) guidelines for SpA were announced that emphasize the importance to set a target in shared decision making between a specialist and patient and carefully monitor the disease in order to improve a patient’s health outcome.
“The T2T recommendations are following the principle that you have to define a target you want to reach and adapt management to reach this target. This is independent of the treatment you use to reach the target,” said Professor Desiree van der Hejde, a professor at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. Continue reading →
May is ankylosing spondylitis month and to celebrate, we would like to share this question and answer session Arthritis Consumer Experts did with Michael Mallinson, President of the Canadian Spondylitis Association.
Q: Hi, Michael. Can you tell us about your organization? A: The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a nonprofit national patient association formed in April 2006 to support and to advocate for those suffering from ankylosing spondylitis and associated spondyloarthritis diseases including psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis and reactive arthritis. Our goal is to be the leader in Canada providing support, education and advocacy for the spondyloarthritis patient community
Q: What are some misconceptions about ankylosing spondylitis? A: Most people are unaware that AS strikes young people. The typical age of onset is between 17 and 35. Although people are aware that arthritis is a women’s disease, they are surprised when they found out AS has a significantly higher prevalence among men. Continue reading →
Call for patient input on SEB etanercept for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Do you have RA or AS or care for someone who does? We need your valuable input.
Health Canada defines subsequent entry biologics (SEBs) as biologic medicines that are similar to, and would enter the market after an approved innovator biologic (such as Enbrel®).
Unlike the more common small-molecule drugs, biologics generally exhibit high molecular complexity, and are sensitive to changes in manufacturing practices. SEBs are not identical to their innovator products because their chemical characteristics cannot be precisely duplicated during the manufacturing process. Therefore, SEBs may have unique efficacy, immunogenicity, and safety profiles that are different from their innovator products.
The Common Drug Review (CDR) is currently welcoming patients and their caregivers to provide input to patient organizations on the manufacturer’s submission for SEB etanercept for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. The innovator biologic, or reference product, is etanercept (Enbrel®). Continue reading →
Do you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS) or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or care for someone who does? We need your valuable input.
The Common Drug Review (CDR) is currently welcoming patients and their caregivers to provide input to patient organizations on the manufacturer’s submission for secukinumab (Cosentyx®) for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis. Secukinumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody that targets IL-17A, a protein central to the development of inflammatory diseases. It is given by an injection.
The CDR is part of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). The CDR conducts objective, rigorous reviews of the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs, and provides formulary listing recommendations to the publicly funded drug plans in Canada (except Quebec).
To help them make their recommendations, the CDR accepts input from patient groups, like Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE). We are calling for input from our members, subscribers and their family members who have ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis. Caregivers are also invited to provide input.
AS Health Storylines is a self-care app for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and associated spondyloarthritis diseases. It is developed in partnership with the Canadian Spondylitis Association, and is powered by the Health Storylines™ platform from Self Care Catalysts Inc. The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a national association to advocate for and support those living with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and associated spondyloarthritis diseases.
This app is created with input from people with AS so that the right health tools are available to you. The app allows you to record your symptoms, fatigue levels, moods, and more. Choose what you want to track to build your own summary – “My Storylines” – to learn more about your health, and to share – safely and securely – with your doctor about what happened between visits.
The following health tools in the app will help you better manage and monitor your AS or associated spondyloarthritis disease: Continue reading →
I live in fear of the weather forecast for next Tuesday. For that matter, the following Saturday also doesn’t sound very promising. According to on-line forecasts, the weather is going to put arthritis sufferers at high risk of increased aches and pains. Several on-line weather services now provide daily advice about weather conditions for people with health conditions, giving advance notice that will allow them to plan appropriate activities. Amusingly, some on-line services also have indexes with warnings for bad hair days, mood swings, and attentiveness. Continue reading →
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People who live with chronic pain understand when I say that life often gets in the way of living. They understand that coping on a daily basis with pain sometimes is a full-time profession. We can become so preoccupied with minimizing our various physical challenges that life simply passes us by. Any plans to enjoy the too-short summer are shelved while we minister to limitations imposed by our arthritis and its associated inflammatory conditions. Instead of planning outdoor fun activities, we spend our days looking for ways to be comfortable, or trying to find the balance between moving too much or too little. Continue reading →