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First approved prefilled autoinjector for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis now available in Canada

ENBREL(R) SureClick(TM) receives Arthritis Friendly Commendation from The Arthritis Society





MONTREAL, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ -
Canadians with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis now have an innovative new delivery option, which makes it simpler and more convenient for patients to self-administer ENBREL(R), with the push of a button. Now available in pharmacies across Canada, ENBREL SureClick(TM) is the first prefilled autoinjector indicated for people who are affected by rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis and ankylosing spondylitis.

"For many of my patients with rheumatoid arthritis, self-injecting a biologic treatment can be a challenge, particularly for those who are afraid of needles or who have significant hand discomfort," says Dr. Paul Haraoui, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Montreal Director of Clinical Research, Rheumatic Disease Unit, CHUM. "ENBREL SureClick is easy to use and convenient, which will simplify self-administration." ENBREL SureClick autoinjector, which comes prefilled with a single 50 mg/mL dose of ENBREL, has received an Arthritis Friendly Commendation from The Arthritis Society for its simple and easy-to-use design. The needle for ENBREL SureClick is hidden throughout the injection. Patients also benefit from the following features: - A safety needle cover that unlocks when the autoinjector is placed firmly against the injection site.

- Two "audible" clicks to announce the beginning and end of the injection.

- A large inspection window shows the full dose has been delivered.

"It is reassuring that companies like Amgen Canada and Wyeth Canada are continually improving their delivery devices so that administration is easier, enabling people with arthritis to think less about the treatment, and more about getting on with their lives," says John Fleming, President and CEO of The Arthritis Society.




ABOUT ENBREL SURECLICK(TM) AUTOINJECTOR

With ENBREL SureClick autoinjector, ENBREL is now available in three administration options, including the 50 mg/mL prefilled syringe, 25 mg multiple use vial and now ENBREL SureClick autoinjector. ENBREL has more than 14 years of worldwide clinical experience, and has been used in more than 450,000 patients worldwide. To date ENBREL has more than 1,000,000 patient-years of experience.(1)

HOW ENBREL WORKS

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, and ankylosing spondylitis, ENBREL works by inactivating tumor necrosis factor (TNF), one of the immune system messengers that promotes joint and skin inflammation.(2) By reducing the amount of TNF in your body, and bringing it back to normal levels, ENBREL can help treat joint damage and skin patches (psoriatic skin lesions).(3)

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