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UCB shows commitment to osteoporosis care at Fragility Fracture Network congress

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Scott Fleming, Global Communications & Company Reputation
This week, colleagues from the UCB Bone Patient Value Unit will be participating in the 6th Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) Global Congress in Malmö, Sweden.

The annual meeting addresses the full pathway of care for fragility fracture patients. With international experts, leading clinicians, researchers and professional health workers in attendance, the congress provides a unique opportunity to learn more about new technical developments and state-of-the-art procedures for fragility fracture patients.

Osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, this equates to one osteoporotic fracture ever three seconds. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis.

Like other chronic diseases, osteoporosis is asymptomatic until a fracture occurs – thus it’s often called a ‘silent disease’ and yet the condition remains severely underdiagnosed and undertreated.

Fractures are a warning sign that a person’s bones have weakened. A fracture sufferer needs to know that the fracture they had demands action – a sense of urgency to act.

At UCB our Bone Patient Value Unit is committed to osteoporosis and is striving for a world free of fragility fractures.

During FFN, we will be presenting some of our important osteoporosis research. This will include:
  • Data on our investigational monoclonal antibody assessing it’s potential to reduce the risk for fracture in post-menopausal women
  • "The Treatment Gap After Fracture in Osteoporosis Patients in Sweden" has been accepted as one of the top six poster presentations at the congress. Based on Swedish patient registry data, research highlights the need for significant efforts to improve osteoporosis management post-fracture in Sweden
  • Fracture occurrence is a strong risk factor for subsequent fractures and the poster, "Near-Term Fracture (FX) Incidence and Risk Factors Following Fracture in a Swedish Database Study" reviewed known risk factors, e.g., advanced age or steroid use, and highlights how paying attention to all such risk factors, most importantly advanced age, will assist in identifying post-menopausal women at short-term risk of a subsequent fracture.
For more updates on UCB activities at FFN 2017 follow us on Twitter. To learn more about UCB in osteoporosis, go to our Disease areas section.

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