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Critical New Report Uncovers the True Burden of Constipation in the Over 65s Across Europe

September 5, 2013

LONDON, September 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

A new report The Burden of Constipation in our Ageing Population – Working Towards
Better Solutions uncovers for the first time, the true scale of the problem of chronic
constipation in adults over the age of 65. A group of experts has analysed all publicly
available European evidence and the alarming results show how this condition is
under-estimated, under-treated and overlooked.

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The report reveals how chronic constipation, be it functional or secondary to
identifiable causes, affects as much as 80 per cent of the older adult population living
in care homes and one in five adults aged over 65 years in the community.[1]-[3]If left
untreated, it can result in serious medical consequences, such as faecal impaction, a
condition where retention of solid faeces prevents normal evacuation. Faecal impaction can
affect up to 50 per cent of older adults in hospital wards or care homes and can lead to
faecal incontinence.[4]-[6]

David Sinclair, Assistant Director, Policy & Communications, ILC-UK comments: “Despite
estimated figures of 80 per cent of care home residents suffering from constipation, this
is a problem in older adults that is clearly not being taken seriously enough. We hope
this report will provide a lever to improve earlier recognition of constipation and,
importantly, to encourage all those involved in the care of older adults to take the
positive and immediate steps outlined in this report that will lead to improved care.”

Professor Enrico Corazziari, Professor of Gastroenterology, University “La Sapienza”,
Rome, Italy comments on the report: “Constipation can be a source of real mental and
physical distress for older adults. The lack of evidence-based guidance on the management
of constipation in older adults across Europe means that management is sub-optimal;
patients are suffering unnecessary ill-health and failing to receive appropriate or timely
treatment. We hope that the calls to action outlined in this new report generate urgent
impetus for a wholesale review of how we manage this common and preventable condition.”

Peter Martin, Chief Operating Officer at Norgine comments: “As a company with long
standing expertise in gastroenterology, we are committed to improving the quality of life
of patients who suffer from constipation. By funding this report, in collaboration with
the ILC-UK, we want to work with healthcare systems across Europe to find cost effective
solutions to improve outcomes for patients.”

Full Release on http://www.norgine.com

Full report on http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications

        Norgine, Isabelle Jouin, mob: + 44-(0)771-406-1327; IJouin@norgine.com.

        Packer Forbes Communications, Gayle Sawyer or Steph Wood, tel: +44-(0)20-7036-8550;
         gayle@packerforbes.com or stephanie@packerforbes.com.

        ILC-UK, Jessica Watson, tel: +44-(0)207-340-0440; jessicawatson@ilcuk.org.uk.

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