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Sjogrens Topics => Living With Sjogren's => Topic started by: driedout10 on May 21, 2009, 11:09:41 AM

Title: is Rituxan available in Canada?
Post by: driedout10 on May 21, 2009, 11:09:41 AM
Hi to all, I am wondering if anyone on this site knows if Rituxan is being used in Canada for Sjogren's? I notice that people in the UK and States are writing about it but so far the docs in Canada who I have spoken to about it talk about it as if it is still in experimental trials!
Thanks to anyone with advice!
Chun:)
Title: Re: is Rituxan available in Canada?
Post by: Linda196 on May 21, 2009, 12:08:53 PM
Rituxan is available in Canada, primarily for the treatment of lymphoma or RA...any other use is considered as "off label" and probably only available as part of a study or research project, unless you aren't relying on insurance and are prepared to pay for it and can get a doctor to order it.

Of course different rheumies, insurance plans and provincial plans may have different approval requirements.
http://www.lymphoma.ca/rituxanfundingbyprovince.htm