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NeoVisc®

NeoVisc® – A Natural Viscosupplement For The Treatment of Osteoarthritis Of The Knee, Shoulder or Hip

NeoVisc® is a 1.0% solution of a highly purified, linear high molecular weight sodium hyaluronate which is derived entirely from non-animal sources. NeoVisc® has been clinically available in Canada since 1977. Patients with Osteoarthritis typically experience pain and loss of mobility because of changes to the internal environment of the affected joint. NeoVisc® works as a viscosupplement by improving the natural viscosity and elasticity of synovial fluid, thereby increasing lubrication, improved joint mobility, and a reduction in pain. NeoVisc® is administered by a physician through a series of intraarticular injections (injections into the synovial space of the joint). Onset of symptomatic relief varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of the patients’ s Oseoarthritis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is Osteoarthritis?
  • What Is Hyaluronate?
  • What Is NeoVisc®?
  • How does NeoVisc® Work?
  • Will NeoVisc® Work For Me?
  • How is NeoVisc® Administered and How Long Does The Treatment Last?
  • Are These Injections Painful?
  • Are There Any Side Effects?
  • How is NeoVisc® Compared to Other Viscosupplements?
  • How Do I Order NeoVisc®?

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA), or as it is sometimes called “Degenerative Joint Disease” is the most common form of arthritis, and a leading cause of disability in North America. It affects one out of every three people over the age of forty-five and this ratio increases with age. OA is not easily categorized by a single causative factor, as it is, no doubt, an overlapping of different factors (hereditary, mechanical, trauma, etc.). No matter what the cause the general outcome is gradual degeneration or wearing down of joint cartilage, resulting in pain, loss of mobility and in some cases inflammation of the affected joint(s). OA tends to affect weight-bearing joints such as knees and hips more frequently. As the disease progresses, cartilage erodes to the point that bone begins to rub on bone, requiring further medical intervention.

Eventually, the joint loses shape and alignment. Bone ends thicken, forming bony growths called spurs or osteophytes. Bits of cartilage or bone can wear off and float in the joint space adding to the irritation and further affecting joint mobility.

What Is Hyaluronate?

Hyaluronate is a naturally occurring linear polysaccharide found in connective tissue, synovial fluid, vitreous humour of the eye, birth canal etc. It has been shown to play an important role in many biological processes such as embryonic development, cell differentiation, tissue hydration and proteoglycan organization.

In the joint Hyaluronate provides the viscoelasticity (lubrication) of synovial fluid and the resilience and elastic strength  cushioning effect) to cartilage.

What Is NeoVisc®?

NeoVisc® is a 1.0% solution of a highly purified, linear high molecular weight sodium hyaluronate which is derived entirely from non-animal sources.  NeoVisc® has been clinically available in Canada since 1997.

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How does NeoVisc® Work?

Patients with OA typically experience pain and loss of mobility because of changes to the internal environment of the affected joint. NeoVisc® works as a viscosupplement by improving the natural viscosity and elasticity of synovial fluid, thereby increasing lubrication, improved joint mobility and a reduction of pain. To over-simplify, think of an intraarticular injection of NeoVisc® as putting oil on a rusty hinge.

Will NeoVisc® Work For Me?

Viscosupplement treatments are not appropriate for all osteoarthritis patients. Discuss NeoVisc® with your doctor to see if you are a candidate for viscosupplement therapy. NeoVisc® works best for patients who are suffering from mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

How is NeoVisc® Administered and How Long Does The Treatment Last?

NeoVisc® is an intra-articular injection of sodium hyaluronate administered by your physician into the synovial space of the affected joint. Depending on the product choice (1 x 6 mL NeoVisc® Single Dose syringe or 3 x 2 mL NeoVisc® syringes) the injection may be a single injection of the 6mL product or a series of three (3) injections of the 2mL product given over a 2 week period (day 1, 8 & 15). Onset of symptomatic relief varies from patient to patient depending on severity of OA. Although both products should provide relief to the afflicted joint, the three (3) injection series usually offers a more optimal duration of symptomatic relief. However, the one (1) injection NeoVisc® Single Dose provides a convenience when it is difficult to schedule for the three (3) consecutive weekly instillations required by the 2 mL product.

Are These Injections Painful?

With all injections, there may be mild and short-lasting discomfort during the injection so your physician may use a local anaesthetic to reduce your concerns. Your physician has done many of these injections and can discuss the procedure with you. Are There Any Side Effects? Hyaluronate is a natural component of synovial fluid and there have been no significant adverse reactions attributable to the highly purified sodium hyaluronate used in NeoVisc®. However, as with any injection, there may be the occurrence of transient pain at the injection site. Should the injected joint remain painful for more than twelve (12) hours or become swollen, contact your physician immediately.

How is NeoVisc® Compared to Other Viscosupplements?

We are not aware of any significant differences in treatment outcome with any of the hyaluronate products presently available in Canada. NeoVisc® is the most cost-effective therapy available and can cost up to 50% less than other competitive hyaluronate products. NeoVisc® has been developed by Canadians and is available to Canadians at the best available price.

Useful Tips on Improving Treatment Outcome:

  • No excessive or strenuous activity for the first twenty-four hours after your injection.
  • Follow your physician’s instructions.
  • If you are overweight, lose weight, to reduce pressure on your joints.
  • If your physician has recommended exercises, do them faithfully (after waiting for 24 hrs. post injection).
  • At the first signs of your OA symptoms reappearing, call your physician to book another
    course of NeoVisc® injections.

Is NeoVisc® Covered by my Medical Insurance Plan?

Most insurance companies cover “viscosupplement injections” (under the Extended Health Benefit Plan). If your company does, they should cover NeoVisc®. You may be asked for a DIN number (Drug Identification Number).  NeoVisc®, like all viscosupplements, is classed as a medical device by Health Canada, and has no DIN.  Most insurance carriers will simply use the name NeoVisc® for identification, or they may generate their own product identification number.

How Do I Order NeoVisc®?

NeoVisc® can be ordered from your local pharmacy or your physician.  For more information, please contact your physician or call customer service at Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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