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JointHealth™ Correction

screen shot of JointHealth™ report cardThe 2017 JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications Guide referred incorrectly to the indications approved for etanercept (Erelzi®)

A biosimilar version of etanercept based upon the reference product etanercept (Enbrel®), etanercept (Erelzi®) was issued a Notice of Compliance by Health Canada on April 5, 2017 for the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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Arthritis Consumer Experts

Good news for Canadians living with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

A woman happy about good news for CanadiansYukon, Ontario, and British Columbia have all recently added biosimilar etanercept (Brenzys®) to their provincial formularies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. The following clinical criterion and conditions must be met:

  • clinical criterion: for use in patients for whom etanercept is considered to be the most appropriate treatment option.
  • conditions: Brenzys® must be reimbursed in a manner similar to Enbrel®; and, the cost of treatment with Brenzys® should provide significant cost savings for jurisdictions compared with the cost of treatment with Enbrel®

On October 25, 2016, biosimilar etanercept (Brenzys®) was approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Brenzys® is a biosimilar to the Canadian authorized reference product, Enbrel®. Both contain the active pharmaceutical ingredient, etanercept. Brenzys® works by targeting the tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFA) molecule and is given by subcutaneous injection. Please click here to read the details of Health Canada’s decision summary for Brenzys®.

Listing details can be found in the JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card.

JointHealth™ insight – The JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications Guide Edition

Arthritis Consumer Experts’ 10th Annual Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications Guide: The changing landscapes of reimbursement for arthritis medications in Canada

JointHealth™ insight banner on Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications GuideArthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has released its 10th Annual JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications Guide – the reliable, quick reference tool to help you evaluate where your province ranks in terms of providing reimbursement for medications to treat inflammatory forms of arthritis.

Commenting on the changing landscape for reimbursement of arthritis medications, ACE President, Cheryl Koehn stated: “Any new pharmaceutical policy that promises to deliver significant drug plan savings must do so without compromising patient safety and efficacy. ACE has also consistently advocated that any drug plan cost savings related to changes in policy that affect arthritis medication reimbursement access should be reinvested back to drug formulary budgets to support the listing of new arthritis medicines and other non-medication related initiatives to improve models of arthritis care such as creating rheumatology nursing billing codes.”

The JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card and Medications Guide gives you information on the most commonly prescribed medications for inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

In this JointHealth™ insight, topics covered include:

  • The changing landscapes of reimbursement for arthritis medications in Canada
  • The federal health department consultation on medication pricing regulations
  • The essential drugs program initiative in British Columbia
  • The Children and Youth Pharmacare plan in Ontario
  • Medication policies and politics in Canada

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Le Réseau canadien en obésité publie le premier bilan du genre au Canada

Le Réseau canadien en obésité publie le premier bilan du genre au Canada : Bulletin 2017 sur l’accès des adultes au traitement de l’obésité au Canada

Une modification de paradigme dans la prévention et le traitement de l’obésité.

Report Card on Obesity Treatment Cover PhotoLe bulletin semble prêt à passer du concept qui attribuait l’obésité à de simples mauvais choix de mode de vie pour évoluer vers celui du modèle socio-écologique de santé comportant l’obligation, pour nos systèmes de santé comme pour la société, de prévenir et de traiter l’obésité au même titre que d’autres maladies chroniques.

Comprendre votre indice de masse corporelle (IMC)
Le document Lignes directrices pour la classification du poids chez les adultes, publié par Santé Canada, s’appuie sur l’indice de masse corporelle (IMC) pour déterminer si une personne souffre d’un excès de poids. Vous pouvez calculer votre IMC en ligne ici ou en utilisant la formule suivante :

IMC = poids (kg) / taille (m)2

Le tableau Classification du risque pour la santé en fonction de l’indice de masse corporelle (IMC) publié par Santé Canada montre la corrélation entre l’IMC et le risque de développer certains problèmes de santé tels que le diabète de type 2, l’hypertension, une maladie coronarienne, un accident vasculaire cérébral et le cancer. D’autres facteurs peuvent influer sur votre IMC. Il est recommandé de consulter votre médecin de famille si votre excès de poids devient une préoccupation pour vous.
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Canadian Obesity Network publishes first-ever Report Card On Access to Obesity Treatment

Canadian Obesity Network publishes first-ever Report Card On Access to Obesity Treatment For Adults in Canada 2017

A paradigm shift in the prevention and treatment of obesity.

Report Card on Obesity Treatment Cover PhotoThe report is a shift away from considering obesity to be merely the result of poor lifestyle choices toward a socio-ecological model of health that carries with it an obligation to our health systems and society to prevent and treat it as we do other chronic diseases.

Understanding your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Health Canada’s Canadian Guidelines for Body Weight Classification in Adults uses the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if someone is overweight. You can calculate your BMI using the formula below or online here:

BMI = weight (kg)/height (m)2

Health Canada’s Health Risk Classification According to Body Mass Index (BMI) table shows the correlation between your BMI score and your risk of developing health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer. Please note other factors may influence your BMI. You should consult your family physician if you are concerned about being overweight.
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The latest provincial listings, at your fingertips

Good news for people living with autoimmune arthritis in Canada!

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) maps out the latest news for you: Read about the important changes to provincial drug formularies and what it means for Canadians living with autoimmune arthritis. The changes covered in this update affect people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Continue reading

ACE Releases 9th Annual Arthritis Medications Report Card

Report Card Slide BannerGood news/bad news for Canadians living with arthritis, depending on where they live

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) has released its Ninth Annual JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card with a clear message to the federal and provincial governments in Canada: Reimbursement access to arthritis medications has improved in many Canadian provinces, however, disappointing inequities remain in patient/physician choice and patient access to reimbursement for the medication prescribed for them by their rheumatologist.

“Thanks to the advocacy efforts of people living with arthritis and their rheumatologists, progress has been made in many Canadian provinces. We encourage the federal and provincial governments to maintain their commitment to the estimated 600,000 Canadians living with a type of autoimmune arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis – and their right to choose with their healthcare team the therapy best suited to their disease biology, which is distinctly different from patient to patient,” said Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President, Arthritis Consumer Experts. Continue reading

JointHealth™ monthly – December 2015: The Report Card

The JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card

How does your province compare?
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During the last year, Arthritis Consumer Experts continuously monitored scientific and medication treatment advances that have the potential to affect the lives of those living with arthritis. The JointHealth™ Arthritis Medications Report Card summarizes and ranks these medication treatment advances and helps Canadians and their rheumatologists identify how their province measures up to other provinces in terms of providing reimbursement access to medications approved for autoimmune forms of arthritis.

The understanding of combination medication therapy allows people with arthritis to live healthier, more productive lives. To help prepare the arthritis consumer with the information they need to talk to their healthcare provider, this issue of JointHealth™monthly will also look at:

  • New arthritis medications on the horizon
  • The coast-to-coast discussion about a national pharmacare program
  • Take action now to improve your province’s drug formulary ranking

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Good news in Quebec!

Good news in Quebec!

Tofacitinib (Xeljanz®) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis approved in Quebec.

Approved stampAs of June 1st, tofacitinib (Xeljanz®) for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis has been listed for coverage on Quebec’s drug formulary. Click here to view the detailed medication criteria.

Tofacitinib is an oral targeted small molecule medicine (TSMM) that was issued a Notice of Compliance (NOC) from Health Canada on April 17, 2014. Tofacitinib in combination with methotrexate (MTX), is indicated for reducing the signs and symptoms of RA, in adult patients with moderately to severely active RA who have had an inadequate response to MTX. In cases of intolerance to MTX, physicians may consider the use of tofacitinib as monotherapy.

Click here to view the most up-to-date version of ACE’s Report Card on provincial formulary reimbursement listings for biologic response modifiers.

Le comité ACE interroge les Canadiens: Comment se classe votre province?

LE COMITÉ ACE INTERROGE LES CANADIENS : COMMENT SE CLASSE VOTRE PROVINCE ?
La fiche-rapport du comité ACE aide les Canadiennes et Canadiens à évaluer leur accès au remboursement des médicaments contre l’arthrite 

(Vancouver, BC ) — Dans sa 8e édition annuelle de sa fiche-rapport JointHealth™ sur les médicaments contre l’arthrite, le comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts) indique que, selon leur lieu de résidence, les Canadiennes et Canadiens atteints d’une forme auto-immune d’arthrite ont accès à moins d’options de traitement ou peuvent avoir à « franchir plusieurs obstacles » avant d’être admissibles au remboursement des médicaments qui leur ont pourtant été prescrits par leur rhumatologue.

« Le comité ACE continue de lutter pour le respect des droits des personnes atteintes d’arthrite en prenant notamment les devants dans les revendications concernant l’accès équitable et en temps opportun au remboursement des médicaments contre l’arthrite par les régimes publics et privés d’assurance-médicaments. Les études ont démontré qu’un budget plus consistant dans le remboursement des médicaments contre la polyarthrite rhumatoïde dans la dernière décennie a entraîné une baisse du taux d’hospitalisation, un meilleur état fonctionnel des patients et une plus faible incidence d’incapacité au travail » souligne Cheryl Koehn, fondatrice et présidente du comité ACE.

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