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ACE Arthritis Medications Report Card
Where does your province rank?

Advanced therapies such as biologics (originator and biosimilar) and targeted small molecule medications, deliver value both medically and socially. Used in a timely and appropriate fashion, these medications are life-changing; in some cases, life-saving. However, patients with inflammatory arthritis still have unmet medication needs. The gaps in treatment are a reflection of the fact that inflammatory arthritis is a complicated disease. It is a disease driven by many different biologic processes, so no single treatment is effective for every patient. In fact, a significant number of patients do not respond well or well enough to their initial, or second or third trialed, which underlines the need for continued discovery of other therapeutic targets.

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Public drug plan policies at both the national, provincial, and territorial government levels are changing reimbursement access to treatment options for Canadians living with an inflammatory arthritis.

The Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) Arthritis Medications Report Card is designed to help Canadians evaluate where their province ranks in terms of providing reimbursement for medications approved for inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The ACE Arthritis Medications Report Card tracks advanced therapy disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (or DMARDs) used to treat the most common types of inflammatory arthritis:
  • Biologic response modifier (originator or “boDMARD”)
  • Biologic response modifier (biosimilar or “bsDMARD”)
  • Targeted synthetic molecule (tsDMARD)
If your province doesn’t measure up, ACE encourages you to write and speak to your elected provincial or federal representative about the lack of equitable reimbursement access and patient/physician choice in treating inflammatory forms of arthritis.
1st : Ontario   (Last year: 1st)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2nd : Québec   (Last year: 4th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Declined N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Declined N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3rd : Alberta   (Last year :3rd)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3rd : British Columbia   (Last year: 4th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Declined N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5th : Saskatchewan   (Last year: 1st)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6th : Manitoba   (Last year: 6th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6th : Nova Scotia   (Last year: 10th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6th : New Brunswick   (Last year: 9th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9th : Newfoundland and Labrador   (Last year: 6th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
10th : Prince Edward Island   (Last year: 6th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Under Review N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
11th : NIHB*   (Last year: 11th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Declined N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Under Review N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Declined N/A N/A Declined N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
12th : Yukon   (Last year: 12th)
generic name (Brand Name) rheumatoid arthritis axial spondyloarthritis juvenile idiopathic arthritis psoriatic arthritis systemic lupus erythematosus vasculitis osteoporosis
ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (not visible on X-ray)
abatacept (Orencia®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
adalimumab (Humira®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
anakinra (Kineret®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
belimumab (Benlysta®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A
canakinumab (Ilaris®) N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A
certolizumab pegol (Cimzia®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
denosumab (Prolia®) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Listed—CBC
etanercept (Enbrel®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Brenzys®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Under Review Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
etanercept (Erelzi®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
golimumab (Simponi®) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC Under Review N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Remicade®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Avsola®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Inflectra®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
infliximab (Renflexis®, bsDMARD) Under Review Under Review N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
ixekizumab (Taltz®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
rituximab (Rituxan®, boDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Ruxience®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Riximyo®, bsDMARD) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
rituximab (Truxima®, bsDMARD) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A
sarilumab (Kevzara®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
secukinumab (Cosentyx®) N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A
tocilizumab (Actemra®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A N/A Listed—CBC N/A
ustekinumab (Stelara®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
apremilast (Otezla®) N/A N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
baricitinib (Olumiant®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
tofacitinib citrate (Xeljanz®) Listed—CBC N/A N/A N/A Under Review N/A N/A N/A
upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) Under Review N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

About the report card:
Arthritis Consumer Experts graded each of the provinces by assigning a score based upon number of medications listed, number under review, and number of declined listings. Because provincial formularies change frequently, we encourage you to contact the Ministry of Health in your province with questions you may have about medication listings of concern to you.

Definitions

Declined: The formulary does not reimburse patients prescribed this medication.
Listed—CBC: Each province and territory has a process by which medications that are not normally included in the provincial, territorial or federal drug benefit lists are covered (or reimbursed). Approval of this drug is granted on a case-by-case basis.
Listed—ORC: The medication is listed, but the criteria are not supported by medical evidence. Arthritis Consumer Experts considers these overly restrictive criteria (ORC) unacceptable.
N/A: (Not Applicable) No Notice of Compliance (or NOC) has been issued for this medication for this form of arthritis.
Under Review: This drug has been approved by Health Canada for this disease type and the province is considering whether patients should be reimbursed for it.
CDR: The Common Drug Review (CDR) is part of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. The Common Drug Review (CDR) conducts objective, rigorous reviews of the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs, and provides formulary listing recommendations to the publicly funded drug plans in Canada (except Québec). (http://cadth.ca/index.php//cdr)


* Note: The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NHIB) program provides supplementary health benefits, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, for registered First Nations and recognized Inuit throughout Canada.

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