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Traveling with Biologics: Tips for a Smooth Journey

Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but if you’re on biologic medication for an autoimmune condition, it requires some extra planning. Whether you’re heading out for a weekend getaway or embarking on an extended vacation, here are some tips to … Continue reading

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New Pneumonia Vaccine Approved in the United States

Most people are aware that pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause cough, thick discoloured mucus, shortness of breath and fever.  It can be caused by a bacteria, virus or fungi.   What is not commonly known is … Continue reading

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Medications that May Increase Your Sensitivity to Sunlight: An Update

With summer around the corner, time spent outside enjoying the warmth is to be expected.  Therefore, it is time to revisit an important topic that we posted last year: drug-induced sun sensitivity reactions. At least 387 different medications can cause sun sensitivity reactions. It is important … Continue reading

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Ulcerative Colitis Treatment Options Increase

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have a major impact on an individual’s life. The number of individuals living with IBD in Canada is growing rapidly. In their 2023 report, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada found that roughly 0.8% (322,600 people) of the … Continue reading

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Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month

Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month, observed each year in May, is one of several health promotion events celebrated and endorsed by Health Canada and serves as a crucial opportunity to shed light on a chronic inflammatory disease that affects thousands of … Continue reading

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Saphnelo for Lupus

Saphnelo (anifrolumab) is a one-of-a-kind therapy by AstraZeneca for the treatment of moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In December of 2023, Saphnelo was approved for coverage under the Ontario Exceptional Access Program (EAP). SLE is an autoimmune condition … Continue reading

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A New Treatment Option for Alopecia Areata

On December 4, 2023, Health Canada approved Pfizer’s Litfulo (ritlecitinib). Litfulo is a once-daily oral capsule used for the treatment of patients over 12 years old with severe alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, where the immune system produces … Continue reading

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Infliximab Now Available As An Injection for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Infliximab is a protein-based medication referred to as a biologic that treats many immune-mediated conditions.  The original manufacturer of this medication is Janssen, and they named it Remicade. In the last several years other manufacturers have produced infliximab as biosimilars. … Continue reading

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A New Treatment For Ulcerative Colitis

On October 3rd, 2023, Health Canada approved Eli Lilly’s newest biologic for the treatment of moderate to severe active ulcerative colitis (UC) called Omvoh. With a limited number of therapies available for UC in Canada, the introduction of a new advanced … Continue reading

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Show Love to your Heart

As February is heart month, today is an excellent occasion to really show why we love our hearts and how we can reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.  Many studies have shown that patients who have autoimmune conditions are at higher risk of developing heart-related problems such as … Continue reading

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