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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

Arthritis Consumer Experts Recognizes Canada’s best workplaces for employees living with arthritis

City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network awarded for best arthritis workplaces in Canada

Group photo with Mayor Jim Watson receiving best workplaces award

Award presentation to City of Ottawa (From left to right: Cheryl Koehn, ACE; Marianne Phillips, Director, Human Resources, Donna Gray, General Manager, Service Innovation and Performance Department, Mayor Jim Watson; Kelly Lendvoy, ACE)

 

(VANCOUVER) — To recognize the best arthritis workplace practices in Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) today announced the winners of its third annual search for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis.

Many Canadian workers struggle to find the right balance between work, family and personal responsibilities, particularly employees with chronic disease who are becoming an increasingly high proportion of the workforce due to aging, arthritis chief among them. Canadian employers who understand chronic disease, particularly the impact of a disease like arthritis, are implementing adaptations in their work environments to accommodate employees. Based on workplace insights shared by employees and company managers, ACE is awarding the City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for their arthritis awareness, prevention and benefits practices in the workplace.
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Good news in British Columbia!

Good news in British Columbia!

Tofacitinib (Xeljanz®) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis listed by BC PharmaCare

Picture of someone stamping approvedAs of January 31st, tofacitinib (Xeljanz®) for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis has been listed for coverage on BC PharmaCare’s Limited Coverage Drug Program. 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.

To learn more about BC PharmaCare’s coverage of arthritis medications, click here.