Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic medicine that helps the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Enbrel works by blocking Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), a type of signalling protein (cytokine) that is involved in systemic inflammation. Enbrel belongs to a class of similar medications called "Anti-TNF" agents.
Enbrel is available as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection that can be taken at home.
The manufacturer of Enbrel offers a support program to Canadian patients that are prescribed the medication:Patient support program enrolment forms
Important Tests and Risks
Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Enbrel in this short video:
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