European Ulcerative Colitis Patients Have Low Medication Adherence, Tillotts Pharma Survey Shows

European Ulcerative Colitis Patients Have Low Medication Adherence, Tillotts Pharma Survey Shows
More than 90% of the patients who suffer from ulcerative colitis in Europe have either low or medium adherence to their medication, which increases patients' probability of suffering relapses up to five times. These conclusions are from a survey recently conducted and reported by the company Tillotts Pharma and presented at the 10th Congress of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) in Barcelona, Spain. The survey was conducted by the company to understand how European patients are dealing with ulcerative colitis, one of the two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) estimated to affect about three million people across Europe. The study included 507 UC patients, as well as 27 healthcare professionals located in the UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Within the survey, about nine in every 10 patients reported to have moderate or low medication adherence, and the majority of the participants said the disease negatively and significantly affected both their social and personal lives. There are several different reasons that can explain lower medication adherence. About half of the physicians inquired said they believe it to be related to forgetfulness, 21% related low adherence with patients feeling better and discarding the medication, and 19% with fear of the side effects. "Tillotts is committed to partnering with healthcare professionals to provide support, beyond medication, that can help to improve outcomes for the millions of people with gastrointestinal diseases," added the chief operations officer and member of the executive committee at Tillotts Pharma, Mattias Norrman. The majority of the physicians included in the survey believe that understanding patients' needs and concerns can hel
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