AbbVie Announces Provincial Reimbursement for RINVOQ® (upadacitinib) for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis in Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan
Dec. 1, 2022
/CNW/ – AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), today announced that RINVOQ is now listed as a special authorization medication or exception medication status on the formularies of
for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). In addition, RINVOQ is now listed as a Limited Use product on the formulary of the Non-Insured Health Benefits program (NIHB)
for the treatment of RA and PsA.
Information regarding the specific reimbursement criteria for each province and jurisdiction may be found by consulting the links below:
Alberta Health – Drug Benefit List
– Drug Plans Formulary
Ontario Ministry of Health – Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary
Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec – List of Medications
– Saskatchewan Drug formulary
Non-Insured Health Benefits program – Drug Benefit List
This announcement comes two months after AbbVie successfully reached an agreement with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), bringing a new treatment option to patients living with RA and PsA.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease that can affect multiple joints in the body and lead to pain, stiffness and swelling.
RA affects about one in 100 Canadians, which is approximately 300,000 people.
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that usually appears in people living with psoriasis.
Between 10 and 30% of people with psoriasis will develop PsA, which can cause swelling, pain and inflammation in the joints.
RINVOQ is a once-daily oral medication in an extended-release tablet. It is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor that interferes with the JAK-STAT signaling pathway, which is thought to play a role in inflammatory response.
RINVOQ is indicated for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate, for adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate or other DMARDs, for adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older with refractory moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) who are not adequately controlled with a systemic treatment or when use of those therapies is inadvisable, and for adults with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who have had an inadequate response to a biologic DMARD or when use of those therapies is inadvisable.
For important therapeutic and safety information, please consult the RINVOQ Product Monograph at
About AbbVie in Rheumatology
For more than 20 years, AbbVie has been dedicated to improving care for people living with rheumatic diseases. Anchored by a longstanding commitment to discovering and delivering transformative therapies, we pursue cutting-edge science to help improve our understanding of promising new pathways and targets, as we ultimately hope to help more people living with rheumatic diseases to reach their treatment goals.
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