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On election day, how will you vote? The BC Election is scheduled for May 9.

The next general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017. What change would you want to see?

Arthritis affects 1 in 5 British Columbia residents, so healthcare to treat the more than 100 different types of the disease is extremely important to the more than 600,000 British Columbians living with the disease. Any party that wishes to become government needs to consider these constituents. To help the parties understand this, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) sent a questionnaire to the candidates of the 2017 BC Provincial Election.

The questionnaire asked the following questions: Continue reading

Health Canada approves sarilumab (Kevzara®) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Approved stamps for sarilumab for rheumatoid arthritis

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Sarilumab (Kevzara®) is now approved in Canada to treat moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis

Health Canada has approved a new treatment for Canadians with moderate to severely active rheumatoid arthritis. Sarilumab (Kevzara®) was issued its Notice of Compliance on January 12, 2017. Click here to view Health Canada’s Summary Basis of Decision.

Sarilumab (Kevzara®), an interleukin-6 receptor antagonist, has been approved for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate reponse or intolerance to one or more biologic or non-biologic Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs).
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Attention ACE members with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis

An image of PureCare Herbal CreamHealth Canada has issued a warning about ingredients in PureCare Herbal Cream 

PureCare Herbal Cream, advertised as a natural treatment for eczema and psoriasis in children and babies, may pose serious health risks.

Health Canada testing confirmed the presence of a prescription steroid (clobetasol propionate) and another ingredient (phenoxylethanol) not declared on the product label. These ingredients may cause health effects ranging from skin irritation and dehydration to increased blood pressure. Continue reading

Let BC PharmaCare hear “Your Voice” on sarilumab

Stickman with megaphone calling for Your Voice patient inputBC PharmaCare is looking for your input on sarilumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Sarilumab (Kevzara™) is a fully human monoclonal antibody that targets IL-6, a protein central to the development of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Sarilumab can be used alone or in combination with methotrexate or other traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). It is given by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. The drug is now being considered for coverage under the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s PharmaCare program.  Continue reading

Arthritis Broadcast Network named one of Feedspot’s Top 40 Arthritis Blogs

Top 40 Arthritis Blog BadgeArthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) – powered by Arthritis Consumer Experts – All your arthritis news and information. All the time. Thanks to our fans, our most recent Facebook Live event reached over 23,000 people in just three days!

Arthritis Broadcast Network is honoured to be named one of the top 40 arthritis blogs and websites for people living with arthritis by Feedspot. Rankings are based on the following criteria: Continue reading

#CRArthritis Speaker’s Corner – Interviews on patient advocacy

Each of us has the power to change arthritis—together, we can change the way arthritis is perceived by the public, portrayed in the media, and understood by government. As people with arthritis, and their family members and friends, the arthritis community is in a unique position to provide media, government, and healthcare decision-makers with the real story of arthritis.

But none of us can do this alone. One or two voices may be easy to ignore, but speaking together we are powerful. The voice of arthritis—the voices of all of the people who live with the disease, or care about someone who does—is strong and getting stronger every day.

Please take the time to view the interviews below on patient advocacy and learn what passionate people and patient organizations are doing to promote arthritis awareness. Learn the facts about arthritis, and about the discrimination that people with arthritis face every day. Think about your own story, or the story of someone you love. When you’re ready, join with us and take action.

Challenge the misperceptions. Speak up. Tell your story. Change arthritis.

The interviews below are conducted as part of the “CRA Interview Series 2017 – Facebook Live #CRArthritis Speaker’s Corner” event at the CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting in Ottawa earlier this month.  Continue reading