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Pharmacies: finding a role in arthritis detection and management

Sign at Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies that says, "Are you experiencing chronic pain? It may be arthritis."tFact: One in six people over the age of fifteen lives with a form of arthritis.

Fact: Someone going to a pharmacist complaining of joint pain likely has osteoarthritis.

Fact: One of the largest selling classes of prescription medications are for arthritis, with biologic response modifiers (used to treat inflammatory forms) being particularly costly.

For pharmacies, this means that people with arthritis represent a large and important customer base. For provincial health ministries, arthritis is a significant expense.

The need for pharmacists to be educated about arthritis is an important message Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is communicating to pharmacies and to government healthcare officials. It makes good, economical sense for both to ensure pharmacists have arthritis training. Most importantly, the enhancement will improve health outcomes.

Out of recognition for this need, ACE, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix formed a partnership that is providing Canadians with an important opportunity to get screened for the most common types of arthritis and is making a significant difference in the lives of individuals living with the disease and their families.

To learn more about this partnership, please click here.