Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/PBS) is a chronic, painful, inflammatory condition which predominantly affects women, with an average age at onset of 40 years old. American Urological Association recently issued the guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of IC/PBS. Download here.
Although IC/PBS was once thought to be rare, the U.S. National Institutes of Health currently estimates the prevalence of IC/PBS to range between 700,000 to 1 million people in the United States, 90 percent of who are women.
IC/PBS is an incurable chronic illness involving pain, urinary urgency, loss of sleep, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and can have a severe negative impact on sexual function. Treatment options exist, but a majority of cases are refractive to existing therapies. The population of those diagnosed and seeking treatment for IC/PBS constitute a significant unmet demand. Sales for an effective IC/PBS therapy are estimated to exceed 350 million dollars per year.
Learn more at the Interstitial Cystitis Association website