We are committed to offering innovative medicines that answer patients’ unmet medical needs and providing treatment alternatives to healthcare professionals.
Our product portfolio covers several therapeutics areas including gastroenterology, sports medicine & orthopedics, neurology and cardiology.
In addition, we proudly support investigator- initiated clinical trials within each of our therapeutic areas, with the goal of delivering better solutions to patients and supporting the medical community.
Gastroenterology focuses on the digestive system and its disorders. Digestive disorders are conditions that involve the gastrointestinal tract and encompass a variety of diseases ranging from mild to severe. Common digestive disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease as well as some types of cancer such as colorectal cancer.1John Hopkins Medicine. Digestive Disorders. Overview. 2022. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/digestive-disorders. Accessed March 22, 2022.2National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. Digestive Diseases. April 1, 2022. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007447.htm. Accessed March 22, 2022.
In Canada in 2022, colorectal cancer was expected to be the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer.3Canadian Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer statistics. 2022. Available at: https://cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-types/colorectal/statistics. Accessed March 22, 2022. Fortunately, incidence rates are declining.4Canadian Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer statistics. 2022. Available at: https://cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-types/colorectal/statistics. Accessed March 22, 2022. The recent declines are likely due in part to increased use of colorectal cancer screening through tests such as fecal immunochemical test, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, which can help detect and remove precancerous polyps and cancer, which can in turn reduce incidence.5Canadian Cancer Society. Colorectal cancer statistics. 2022. Available at: https://cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-types/colorectal/statistics. Accessed March 22, 2022.
We are committed to the gastroenterology community through our support of medical education initiatives and relationships with physician and patient associations.
Sports Medicine & Orthopedics
Sports medicine & orthopedics focuses on the musculoskeletal system, which encompasses bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues. Injuries, disease, and aging can cause pain, stiffness and other problems with movement and function of the musculoskeletal system.6Cleveland Clinic. Musculoskeletal System: Arthritis, Lower Back Pain, Bones, Muscles. December 11, 2020. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/12254-musculoskeletal-system-normal-structure–function. Accessed March 22, 2022.
In Canada, approximately 3.9 million Canadians live with osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis.7Public Health Agency of Canada. Osteoarthritis in Canada. Highlights from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System. December 24, 2020. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis.html. In a 2009 survey of Canadians aged 20 years or older diagnosed with arthritis, 29% reported experiencing pain in their knee(s), while 29% had pain in both their knee(s) and hip(s).8MacDonald KV, et al. Symptom onset, diagnosis and management of osteoarthritis. Health Rep. 2014;25(9):10-7.
Neurological disorders are conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord as well as the nerves found throughout the human body.9Merck Manual. Introduction to Symptoms of Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders. August 2021. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/en-ca/home/brain,-spinal-cord,-and-nerve-disorders/symptoms-of-brain-spinal-cord-and-nerve-disorders/introduction-to-symptoms-of-brain-spinal-cord-and-nerve-disorders?query=Introduction%20to%20Symptoms%20of%20Brain,%20Spinal%20Cord,%20and%20Nerve%20Disorders. Accessed March 22, 2022. Common neurological disorders include epilepsy, a brain disorder that produces abnormal bursts of electrical activity in the brain and that affects about 300,000 Canadians of all ages and multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which impacts the lives of an estimated 90,000 Canadians.10Public Health Agency of Canada. Epilepsy in Canada. December 9, 2019. Available at : https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/epilepsy.html. Accessed March 22, 2022.11MS Society of Canada. About MS. 2022. Available at: https://mssociety.ca/about-ms. Accessed March 22, 2022.
Heart disease is a major public health issue in Canada. It is the second leading cause of death, and one of the main causes of hospitalization.12Public Health Agency of Canada. Heart disease in Canada: Highlights from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System. July 18, 2017. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/heart-disease-canada-fact-sheet.html. Accessed March 22, 2022. While prevention and education remain effective ways to help reduce the impact of this disease on Canadians, additional treatment options are essential.