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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with rheumatoid arthritis: Sadiq’s story

Many think of arthritis as a condition that affects only the elderly. However, about three in 1,000 Canadian children are diagnosed with the disease.  When Sadiq was only six years old, he was...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Could Rheumatoid Arthritis Steal Your Independence?

Imagine waking up every morning and feeling as tired as you did when you fell asleep. You try to get out of bed, but your stiff and aching joints leave you struggling just to stand up. When you...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Plenty to Consider

As a result of significant investments in sophisticated, innovative research on new medications and treatments, scientists are beginning to unlock solutions to address chronic, incurable medical...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Switching Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications: What’s the Big Deal?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, resulting in inflammation, swelling and pain. Finding an effective medication that helps...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Patient’s Journey

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not a simple diagnosis. It is a chronic condition, which means that there is no cure. However, it is possible to manage and mitigate its symptoms. Understanding your...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Taking Control of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Staying active while managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be a challenge. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints, rather than...

Biologics & Biosimilars

AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Access to new medication has potential to save lives and healthcare dollars

Now more than ever, Canadians need to see changes in how heart health is managed. With more than 2.4 million Canadians suffering from heart disease, and thousands dying every year as a result,...

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Biologics & Biosimilars

Creating biologics: genetically engineering a cell

Making medicine is complex: it requires high levels of precision, controlled environments and specialist scientific expertise. Making biologic medicines is a particularly complex process,...

Biologics & Biosimilars

How are biologic medicines different from other drugs?

Drugs can be categorized as being synthetically or biologically produced. Synthetic (conventional) therapies are made from chemical processes — like mixing, heating and cooling — to create the...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biosimilars and Canada’s healthcare system

Biosimilars are biologic medicines that aim to provide similar therapeutic effects to an original biologic medicine that has already been authorized for sale by Health Canada and prescribed by...

Biologics & Biosimilars

A snapshot of biologic medicines at work

While advances in disease management and complex drug manufacturing are being made every day, there are a number of harmful diseases and conditions that scientists are still working to find ways to...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biologics: what are they?

A biologic medicine (a term which is commonly shortened to a biologic) is any medicine that has been made from living material, which could include blood, human cells, animal cells, bacteria and...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Biosimilar medicines: a complex new entrant

Like their name implies, biosimilars are similar to originator biologics but not identical. In fact, because biologic and biosimilar medicines are created from living cell lines, no two medicines...

Biologics & Biosimilars

Reading the label: The importance of naming biologic medicines

Accurate communication between primary healthcare providers, nurses, pharmacists and patients is one of the tenets of quality care. Pharmaceutical naming, using brand names (the names given to...

Biologics & Biosimilars

The Evolution of Biotechnology

Biologic drugs are a major force in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry with more than 200 biologics benefiting millions of patients worldwide. This video gives an overview of biologic...

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