May 16th, 2019

// Enstilar® is now covered under the Nova Scotia Formulary for Adults with Psoriasis Vulgaris

Enstilar® is now covered under the Nova Scotia Formulary for Adults with Psoriasis Vulgaris

THORNHILL, ON, May 16, 2019 /CNW/ - LEO Pharma Canada has announced that as of May 1st, 2019, Enstilar® has been added as an exception status benefit through the Nova Scotia Formulary.*

Enstilar® (calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate) is a spray foam for once-daily topical treatment of psoriasis vulgaris in adults. 

Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic, immune-mediated, inflammatory skin disorder. It can occur as single lesions at predisposed sites (e.g., knees, elbows) or as a generalized disease across wider areas of the body, causing pain, disfigurement and disability.1,2 Although it is typically seen in adults, it can develop at any age with equal distribution between men and women.1 

"I think it's great news for patients that Enstilar will be added to the NS formulary. This will allow for more patients in Nova Scotia to have access to this topical option for psoriasis in a novel vehicle. The paraffin base is preferred by most of my patients who have used it." said Dr.Kerri S. Purdy, a board-certified dermatologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Psoriasis vulgaris affects approximately 90% of the 1 million Canadians who have psoriasis, which equates to about 3% of the entire Canadian population.1,3 

"This new format to apply a topical treatment should help with adherence for patients. We are looking forward to seeing Enstilar® available to all patients across Canada," said Kathryn Andrews-Clay, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients.

Enstilar® already received Régie de l'Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ) approval on June 1st 2017, Saskatchewan (SK) on January 1st 2018, Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) on October 15th 2018, Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) on October 31st 2018 and Newfoundland and Labrador Interchangeable Drug Products Formulary (NIDPF) on February 6th, 2019.      

Kristian Fick, President of LEO Pharma Canada, says, "Today marks a special day for those living with psoriasis in Nova Scotia. At LEO Pharma our mission is to help people achieve healthy skin. We commend Nova Scotia for adding Enstilar® to the Formulary, and bringing us one step closer to achieving this mission. LEO is looking forward to working collaboratively with the remaining provinces and territories to ensure all patients with psoriasis have access to Enstilar®." 

* Criteria: For the treatment of body and scalp psoriasis after failure of a topical steroid and a vitamin D analogue as single agents. 

About Enstilar®

Enstilar® is an aerosol spray foam containing calcipotriol monohydrate 50 mcg/g and betamethasone dipropionate 0.5 mg/g. It is indicated for the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris in adults for up to 4 weeks. On average, 120 g (2 cans x 60 g) of Enstilar® is used for the once-daily treatment of psoriasis for up to 4 weeks.4-7  Enstilar® has been available to Canadian patients since November 2016 and currently, it is estimated that 50,000 Canadian patients have been prescribed Enstilar®

About LEO Pharma A/S

LEO Pharma helps people achieve healthy skin. By offering care solutions to patients in more than 130 countries globally, LEO Pharma supports people in managing their skin conditions. Founded in 1908 and owned by the LEO Foundation, the healthcare company headquartered in Denmark has devoted decades of research and development to delivering products and solutions to people with skin conditions. In 2017 LEO Pharma employed around 5,200 people worldwide. Helping patients for more than 30 years in Canada, LEO Pharma Canada is a division of LEO Pharma A/S. To learn more about LEO Pharma's products and commitment to dermatology care in Canada, visit:


1.Canadian Dermatology Association. Psoriasis. Available at: Retrieved October 18, 2018.
2.National Clinical Guideline Centre (UK). National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: GuidancePsoriasis: Assessment and Management of Psoriasis. London: Royal College of Physicians (UK); 2012.
3.Statistics Canada. Population. Available at: Retrieved October 23, 2018.
4.Enstilar® Product Monograph. Leo Pharma Inc. September 8, 2016.
5.Koo J, et al. Superior efficacy of calcipotriene and betamethasone dipropionate aerosol foam versus ointment in patients with psoriasis vulgaris—A randomized phase II study. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2016;27(2):120-127.
6.Leonardi C, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Calcipotriene Plus Betamethasone Dipropionate Aerosol Foam in Patients With Psoriasis Vulgaris—a Randomized Phase III Study (PSO-FAST). J Drugs Dermatol. 2015;14(12):1468-1477.
7.Lebwohl M, et al. Fixed Combination Aerosol Foam Calcipotriene 0.005% (Cal) Plus Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.064% (BD) is More Efficacious than Cal or BD Aerosol Foam Alone for Psoriasis Vulgaris: A Randomized, Double-blind, Multicenter, Three-arm, Phase 2 Study. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2016;9(2):34-41.

SOURCE LEO Pharma Canada


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