An insight into the condition that affects around 15-20% of the women over the age of 40. Overactive bladder can negatively impact a person’s quality of life, so why is this still an unmet medical need?
Overactive bladder (OAB) is a severe disorder associated with several symptoms such as urgency to pass urine, excessive frequency of voiding, nocturia (uncontrollable night-time voiding), and incontinence. It has a huge impact on social, interpersonal, and professional functions. For example, this complex disorder can disrupt daily life activities such as traveling, social engagements, and physical activity. Moreover, it also carries a significant economic burden in societal costs. The economic impact of OAB amounts to billions of CHF.
If you are suffering from OAB, you might feel like you need to void urine many times during the day and night. You might also even experience unintentional loss of urine. Therefore, you need to wake up more than two times per night to urinate and this disrupts your sleep cycle. As a result of this chronic sleep deprivation, you might:
- feel fatigued during the day
- experience frequent falls, especially for elderly patients
- have memory deficits
- feel depressed or anxious
- be constantly embarrassed to have to leave the room
- isolate yourself socially
Nevertheless, we need to emphasize that you are not alone. OAB is a common disorder, especially among women over 40. This article aims to raise awareness of Overactive bladder syndrome to break the stigma and shift cultural norms around OAB. Anyone who is suffering from these symptoms in silence should not have to go through this alone. It’s true that, there are currently various treatments for this condition, however, such treatments often cause serious side effects. These side effects include constipation, dry mouth, and sometimes even a raised heart rate (tachycardia) and palpitations. This leads to many patients discontinuing treatment.
Therefore, the need for new, innovative therapies is evident. At Inura, we have developed a first-of-a-kind urethral suppository that will revolutionize our patient’s quality of life. It is a simple, patient-friendly suppository that can easily be used. Our technology allows the local delivery of the therapeutic agent to the urinary tract, minimizing the side effects associated with the current available treatment. Our solution is expected to provide quick relief lasting up to 6-8 hours (a full night of sleep!). This technology will allow you to change how you cope with this health disorder and regain control of your life.
Inura Medical AG (“Inura”) is a Swiss start-up company with a clear vision to make a difference in women’s health. Inura’s product is an innovative, first-of-a-kind “urethral ovulum” that utilizes a novel route of drug administration to treat diseases of the bladder and lower urinary tract. Inura’s technology results from decades of work in urology by Professor Grant S. Mulholland, a renowned surgeon, academic, and past President of the American Urology Association. The first indication we are addressing with the ovulum is a chronic disease, named overactive bladder (OAB). More details on https://inuramedical.ch/.