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AGA Institute and Horizon Therapeutics Launch 'Connect to Protect' Program to Educate Physicians and Consumers on Risks Associated With NSAID Use
Date:6/1/2009

- Webinar on June 9 to discuss the prevalence and prevention of NSAID-induced ulcers available at www.connecttoprotect.com -

BETHESDA, Md. and CHICAGO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute and Horizon Therapeutics, Inc. today launched Connect to Protect, a program to increase awareness about the gastrointestinal (GI) risks associated with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Connect to Protect was created to highlight the connection between NSAID use and GI risks, and to encourage patients and physicians to connect more often about ways to avoid NSAID-induced ulcers, including but not limited to GI protective co-therapy.

"NSAIDs are among the most widely prescribed classes of drugs in the world, yet there is still very limited discussion among healthcare providers and their patients about the impact long-term use could have," said Byron Cryer, MD, professor, Internal Medicine - Digestive and Liver Diseases, University of Texas Southwestern, and independent medical advisor, Connect to Protect program. "The goal of Connect to Protect is to facilitate the discussion between physicians and patients around the potential risks in taking chronic NSAIDs and to understand how to reduce a patient's risk."

Connect to Protect will sponsor an educational Webinar hosted by Dr. Cryer on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, during which he will discuss the prevalence of NSAID-induced ulcers, the causes and ways to reduce the risk. The Webinar is open to healthcare providers and media. To register in advance, please visit: www.connecttoprotect.com.

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