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Originally posted October 22, 2019

In October 2018, Health Canada approved Radicava (edaravone) for use in Canada. As edaravone continues to move through the drug access pathway to become available to Canadians, there will continue to be important updates for those in our community who are currently accessing the treatment or interested in doing so. This blog post will be updated as information about edaravone becomes available.

Throughout this process, we will continue to work with ALS Societies across Canada to bring forward the experiences and perspectives of Canadians living with ALS. For this therapy, and for future proven therapies, we will continue to advocate to government to streamline the drug access pathway and improve its transparency.

Personal Importation

Can I still bring edaravone into Canada through personal importation? 

Health Canada has confirmed that personal importation of edaravone is being extended beyond the initial April 1, 2020 date, until October 1, 2020. They then extended the date from October 1, 2020 until April 1, 2021, from April 1, 2021 until October 1, 2021, from October 1, 2021 until April 1, 2022  and now again from April 1, 2022 until October 1, 2022. This includes people having the medication shipped to them as well as carrying it on their person. Your ALS clinician will also have up-to-date information.

Public Reimbursement: 

Is the drug available through the public healthcare system/public reimbursement?  

As of November 23, 2021, all provinces and territories across Canada – as well as Veterans Affairs Canada and Indigenous Services Canada – are now covering Radicava through their public formularies.

Commercial Availability:

Starting November 5, 2019, Radicava (edaravone) will become commercially available in Canada. To understand what this means for you please see our FAQ posted below.

What is the current status of edaravone within the drug access pathway? 

In October 2018, Radicava (edaravone) was approved by Health Canada as a treatment for ALS. Since then, the drug has continued to move through the regulatory process to become available to Canadians. As of September 30, 2019, Radicava was on the list of drugs in active pricing negotiations with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA). Negotiations with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) concluded on April 15, 2020.

What is the current status of oral edaravone within the drug access pathway? 

On May 13, 2022, MTPC announced that Health Canada had accepted its filing of a Supplement to a New Drug Submission (SNDS) for oral edaravone. This step triggers a thorough regulatory review of the therapy, which will hopefully result in the drug being approved for use in Canada.

What do I do if I am one of the 210 people on the MTPC Edaravone Supply Program? 

Please speak with your ALS clinician for more information on the status of the MTPC Edaravone Supply Program.

Can I get the drug through private insurance? 

As of November 5, 2019, the drug will be available for people with private reimbursement who receive a positive reimbursement approval through their private insurer. Please speak with your ALS clinician for more information. You can also contact the MTP Patient Support Program at 1-833-211-6878.

What happens if I have no private insurance and am not on the MTPC Edaravone Supply Program? 

Your ALS clinician will have the most up-to-date information on the different avenues to access the therapy. A list of ALS clinics is available at https://www.als.ca/support-services/other-provinces/

Can I pay out-of-pocket for the drug? 

Please speak with your ALS clinician for more information.

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