CanVasc consensus recommendations for the use of avacopan in antineutrophil cytoplasm antibody-associated vasculitis: 2022 addendum

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2023 Aug 1;62(8):2646-2651. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kead087.


Objective: In 2020, the Canadian Vasculitis Research Network (CanVasc) published their updated recommendations for the management of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV). The current addendum provides further recommendations regarding the use of avacopan in AAV based on a review of newly available evidence.

Methods: An updated systematic literature review on avacopan (formerly, CCX168) using Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library was performed for publications up to September 2022. New recommendations were developed and categorized according to the EULAR grading levels, as done for previous CanVasc recommendations. A modified Delphi procedure and videoconferences were used to reach ≥80% consensus on the inclusion, wording and grading of each recommendation.

Results: Three new recommendations were developed. They focus on avacopan therapy indication and duration, as well as timely glucocorticoid tapering.

Conclusion: These 2022 addended recommendations provide rheumatologists, nephrologists and other specialists caring for patients with AAV with guidance for the use of avacopan, based on current evidence and consensus from Canadian experts.

Keywords: ANCA; anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody-associated vasculitis; avacopan; glomerulonephritis; granulomatosis with polyangiitis; microscopic polyangiitis.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis* / drug therapy
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic
  • Canada
  • Consensus
  • Cytoplasm
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis*
  • Humans
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis*


  • avacopan
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic