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Let BC PharmaCare hear “Your Voice” on denosumab (Prolia®) for osteoporosis in men

Cartoon man with arrowBC PharmaCare is looking for your input on denosumab (Prolia®) for the treatment of osteoporosis in men

Denosumab (Prolia®) is now being considered for coverage under the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s PharmaCare program. By filling out a questionnaire on a website called Your Voice, you can provide direct feedback about denosumab for the treatment of osteoporosis in men.

You can give input if you are a male B.C. resident living with osteoporosis, a caregiver to someone with osteoporosis, or if your group represents people who live with osteoporosis.

The input is reviewed by the Drug Benefit Council, which then gives recommendations on whether a medication should be covered, and how, by BC PharmaCare. BC PharmaCare then makes a decision based on those recommendations and available resources. Policies and plans already in place also factor in the decision making process.

It is an opportunity for you to share your perspectives on medication decisions that affect you or someone you provide care for.

Please click here to let BC PharmaCare hear Your Voice. Or, go to the following links: Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Walter Maksymowych on spondyloarthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Walter Maksymowych on spondyloarthritis

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Walter Maksymowych (from CaRE Arthritis)

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Dr. Maksymowych is a rheumatologist at the University of Alberta. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta. He is also a Medical Scientist of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) steering committee member and Chair of the International OMERACT Soluble Biomarker Working Group, a member of the Canadian Arthritis Network Centres of Excellence, executive member of the Assessments of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS), the Scientific Chair of the Alberta Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pharmacovigilance Program and Outcomes Research in Therapeutics (RAPPORT) committee, and a Principal Investigator and Executive Board member of the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC). He is past-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy: Preventing rheumatoid arthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy: Preventing rheumatoid arthritis. What we’ll need to know before we start navigating uncharted territory.

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy

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Dr. El-Gabalawy is an internationally recognized rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine and Immunology and senior clinician scientist at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Endowed Rheumatology Research Chair at the university and Scientific Director of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Ms. Jennifer Burt: Model of care in Newfoundland

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Ms. Jennifer Burt

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Ms. Jennifer Burt

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Jennifer Burt has been a member of the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) since 2005. She has served on the Board since 2007 initially as the Newfoundland Representative and then President.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University and has been a Clinical Specialist in Rheumatology working on the Rheumatic Health Unit at St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland since 1997.

Ms. Burt is also a volunteer with the Newfoundland Branch of the Arthritis Society and member of the Programs and Services Committee. Furthermore, she is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Board of Directors. She would like to promote the benefits of AHPA.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Ms. Marie-Josée Berthiaume: MRI of Spondyloarthropathies

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Ms. Marie-Josée Berthiaume: MRI of Spondyloarthropathies – The New Gold Standard

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube.

Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

Note answers in this interview are provided in French only. A translation will be provided in the next few weeks.

About Ms. Marie-Josée Berthiaume

Picture of Marie JoseeMs. Marie-Josée Berthiaume is a bone radiologist from Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal. In her presentation, she reviewed how new imaging outcomes have improved the diagnosis and follow-up of spondyloarthritis and the assessment of therapeutic modalities.  Continue reading

ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet

ROAR postcardJoin us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.

Patients, researchers and healthcare providers will be discussing the latest research on quality hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, bone changes in early rheumatoid arthritis and more.

What is ROAR?

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