Life-changing drug Spinraza still not covered for many Canadians with spinal muscular atrophy

For several hundred Canadians with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Spinraza is a drug that means the difference between life and a slow, debilitating death. But in many parts of Canada, the incredibly expensive drug is not covered by provincial drug…

Woman granted ‘miracle drug’ coverage after pleas in media, at Queen’s Park

A 21-year-old woman with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has been granted eight months’ worth of provincial health coverage for an expensive “miracle drug”, her family says. The news comes less than one month after their pleas for coverage were taken…

Ford government expands coverage for ‘miracle drug’ Spinraza, but with age cap

The Ontario government has announced it will cover the costs of a “miracle drug” used to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) for Ontarians with all forms of the disease up until age 18. In a statement, Health Minister Christine Elliott…

Families of patients with SMA meet with Ontario health minister, hope ‘miracle drug’ will get funded

Families of patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) say they have new hope that the “miracle drug” Spinraza will soon be available to all SMA patients in Ontario after a face-to-face meeting with Health Minister Christine Elliott. “She said she’s…

NDP MPP, patients with SMA call on Ontario to cover ‘miracle drug’ to treat rare disease

It’s been called a miracle drug that would help sufferers of a rare, debilitating disease reverse its degenerative effects on the body. But Spinraza also costs hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. That is why patients with spinal muscular…

Mifegymiso cost analysis to be considered in Sask. universal coverage review

A recent business case for universal coverage of Mifegymiso will be considered in a Saskatchewan government decision, according to Health Minister Jim Reiter. Story continues below Some Saskatchewan pharmacies currently stock the two-pill abortion medication, but the drug – which…