The Arthritis Society - Quebec Division

The Arthritis Society - Quebec Division

September 05, 2007 08:00 ET

September is Arthritis Month in Canada

The Arthritis Society and the Canadian Rheumatology Association join forces to present the Consumer's Guide to Arthritis Medications

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2007) - This year, The Arthritis Society - Quebec Division is marking the start of Arthritis Month by launching the Consumer's Guide to Arthritis Medications. This practical guide is intended for those who want to find out everything there is to know about medications available in Canada for the treatment of degenerative and inflammatory arthritis.

Approved by the Canadian Rheumatology Association, under the supervision of a committee of Canadian rheumatologists and informed consumers, this new 44-page guide features a list of all currently available arthritis medications in Canada, along with key points about their effectiveness and benefits. Precautions to be taken with the various drug therapies are also described.

Pain management is an important aspect of arthritis treatment. "Lasting pain relief often requires the association of several different medications. Each patient will probably need to try a variety of treatments or drug combinations to find the one that suits him best", explains Dr. Eric Rich, Rheumatologist at the Montreal University Hospital Centre. "The Consumer's Guide to Arthritis Medications is a very useful information tool that will help people with arthritis better manage their disease over the long term."

The Guide also includes a host of information about non pharmaceutical treatment and pain management methods, practical tips about living well with arthritis, as well as tables comparing and contrasting the different forms of arthritis and highlighting treatment options for each. The Consumer's Guide to Arthritis Medications is an accessible document with a reader-friendly style and format. It is available free of charge from The Arthritis Society at 1 800 321-1433.

Hope through Education, Support and Solutions

The Arthritis Society is Canada's principal not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing and promoting arthritis education, advocacy, community support and research-based solutions. Since its inception in 1948, The Society has contributed more than $150 million towards arthritis research to develop better treatments and ultimately, to find a cure for this debilitating disease which affects 4.5 million Canadians, including more than 1.1 million people in Quebec.

September is Arthritis Month

For more information about arthritis in Canada, about the programs and services offered across the country and in Quebec or about the events and activities being organized as part of Arthritis Month 2007, please visit the website of The Arthritis Society - Quebec Division at www.arthritis.ca/quebec.

About arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases in Canada

- At $16.4 billion, musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, are the second most costly category of diseases in Canada.

- A 2003 status report on arthritis in Canada estimated the economic cost of arthritis at $4.4 billion annually.

- Long-term disability accounts for almost 80 per cent of arthritis-related costs, with 70 per cent of these costs incurred by individuals aged 35-64.

- Musculoskeletal diseases accounted for 10.3 per cent of the total economic burden of all illnesses in Canada in 1998; arthritis alone accounts for more than 40 per cent of drug expenditures for musculoskeletal diseases in that same year.

- In addition to its physical symptoms, arthritis has a significant impact on a person's quality of life.

- Stress and depression are reported more often in people with arthritis than in those suffering from other chronic health problems.

- It has also been shown that arthritis prevents a greater number of people from working full-time than other chronic conditions.

References:

The Arthritis Society/Health Canada. Arthritis in Canada: An Ongoing Challenge. Ottawa: Health Canada, 2003: 18-19 (Cat. No. H39-4/14-2003F).

To schedule an interview with a representative from The Arthritis Society; with Dr Rich, rheumatologist; or with Marie-Eve, spokesperson for The Arthritis Society, please contact with:

Contact Information

  • The Arthritis Society - Quebec Division
    Lise Huneault
    514-482-7524