There are some statistics for your understanding of Crohn's Disease in Canada.
-In 2008, $141 million was spent on prescription drugs for the treatment of Crohn's disease.
-The majority of Crohn's disease patients will require hospitalization at some point and more than half will require surgery.
-Worldwide, there are 177 pharmaceutical products indicated for Crohn's disease and 52 pharmaceutical products in clinical trials.
-Most patients develop Crohn's disease during their 20s
-Patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease have an increased risk of premature death similar to that reported for moderate smokers.
-More than 40% of Crohn's disease patients have subsequently developed lactose intolerance (50 000 Canadians).